EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Tactics

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

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

Press and counter

Pressing and counter attacks

in Attacking, Tactics

This session explores the reality that pressing is never only individual action. It also looks at the importance of the first sprint and quick reactions, and appraises the activity of all players in forcing an opponent into an error. MORE

Attack with fullbacks

Attack with wingbacks

in Attacking, Tactics

This is a great session to coach your fullbacks to get up the pitch and cross the ball into the box – the best teams have fullbacks that can launch attacks from the wing. MORE

From the back passing

Team shape – pass from the back

in Attacking, Tactics

This session is about team shape right up the pitch – it is aimed at encouraging your players to bring the ball out from the back and attack while keeping possession so they are playing through the thirds MORE

Tottenham stopper Hugo Lloris

How goalkeepers can exploit a high press

in Blog, Tactics

It was a weekend without a game so I had plenty of spare time to sit and watch how the professionals do it! One thing that I was working on this week with my players has been the distribution from the goalkeeper. MORE

Break out from the square

Breakout and score

in Attacking, Tactics

Use this Fulham Academy session if you want your team to burst forward with speed and accuracy to create goalscoring opportunities from midfield and stretch your opponents to create holes in their defences MORE

Closing down

Closing Down Opponents

in Defending, Midfield, Tactics

Central defenders and supporting players have a vital role in stopping the opposition’s build up play. Players will work on the defending angle of approach to try and force the attacker away MORE

3v2 counter attacking

in Attacking, Tactics

This is a great way to get young players to understand the concept of counter attacking – it can be used against any opponents and should be part of your attacking tactical bible. MORE

Creativity in the final third

Try something different in the final third

in Attacking, Tactics

This session is great for encouraging players to be creative in the final third which is one of the hardest things to achieve in your coaching sessions. Creativity stems from players being confident to try something even if they fail at it MORE

Stop clever attackers

How to stop clever attackers

in Defending, Tactics

Use this session to help defenders to decide whether to hold up play or win the ball when outnumbered, often the attacker will have their head down looking at the ball – the defender can hold a goalside position so the attacker has to look up which is the best time to force a mistake MORE

Compact Midfield

Compact your team in midfield

in Midfield, Tactics

This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate MORE


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