Soccer tactics range from the way a player stands or moves, to the pace, style, positioning and movement of the entire team.

How those concepts are conveyed is a language of its own, which can be baffling to a new coach and even to some experienced ones.

The drills, games and activities in this section will help you build a team that can adapt to different playing styles.

You can use these sessions and advice to coach tactics to your players. How do you train them to cope with a team that presses high up the pitch? Or one that sits deep and invites pressure?

Tactics are a great way to create team togetherness and promote communication in all areas of the pitch

Defending against overloads

Defending in small groups

in Defending, Tactics

This is all about defending in small numbers where it’s common for one or two defenders to find themselves in situations where they are exposed to an overload of attackers. MORE

Pressure to win the ball back

Close down and press

in Defending, Tactics

This game is all about winning the ball back as quickly as possible by closing down and pressing opponents all over the pitch but ideally high up the pitch. MORE

Attacking the final third

Running from deep

in Attacking, Tactics

Once you have taught an individual how to keep the ball in a 1v1, use this session to show your players how this skill can help the team in a match situation MORE

Defend as a unit

Defend as a unit

in Defending, Tactics

Getting defenders to work as a unit is a great way to stop goals going into the net at your end of the pitch. Use this session to coordinate against a strong attacking team. MORE

Defending in pairs

Double team

in Defending, Other, Tactics

The practice allows you to start to introduce the idea of how multiple units on the field start to work and interact with each other. It also introduces the idea of recovering once the ball passes you on the field. MORE

David De Gea

A solid base to keep possession

in Tactics, Tips and advice

The first rule of possession football is to play out of defence to build attacks. Your goalkeeper is vital in this process and must possess good passing and receiving techniques. The goalkeeper needs lots of options when he passes from the back. MORE

Fast transitions

Attacking overloads

in Attacking, Tactics

This is all about playing in the attacking overloads that realistically happen often in a game – 3v2 and 2v1 plus a passing sequence to get players ready for the session ahead. MORE

Subbuteo players

Subbuteo for half time tactics

in Tactics, Tips and advice

Half time is an extremely important break where the manager and coaches can talk to the players and get their feedback on what has been good and bad about the first half … and that’s where Subbuteo comes in for England youth players MORE

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