EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR 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

Turn and play forward

Forward March

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This drill helps players move to create passing angles to receive the ball. Players in possession try to make good decisions on whether to pass forward to the target player or keep possession by passing backwards/sideways to build the play again. MORE

Get defenders attacking

Free to attack

in Attacking, Tactics

Young central defenders are often slow in coming forward, but once they have played this game you won’t be able to stop them joining the attack. MORE

Passing and support play

Supporting runs

in Passing, Tactics

The best teams can pass and move at speed up the pitch in passing patterns that will reflect the style of play your team is using. Possession games like this are great for getting teams to pass and move up the pitch. MORE

Narrow pitch attack

in Attacking, Tactics

Working on a narrow pitch helps players to be more direct in their attacks – defenders also get a grasp of how important the central areas of the pitch are MORE

Sweeper Keeper

Cover plus

in Goalkeeping, Tactics

This fast and furious training game will give your goalkeeper plenty of chances to develop all of the skills needed to be a sweeper keeper. MORE

Attacking tactics

Attack like Liverpool

in Attacking, Tactics

Feeding strikers like Liverpool do with their amazing front three is the best way to get your team on the front foot and destroy the opposition before they have woken up. MORE

Open defences

Open the door in 1v1

in Attacking, Tactics

Win the 1v1s in this game and you’ll find space behind the opposition. It is one of the key things an attacking player needs to get into positions where they can hurt the opposition MORE

Work the back four

Work the back four

in Defending, Tactics

This is a defending tactics session in which we structure the back four against opposing attacks with different formations. It is an excellent session when preparing for matchday. MORE

Overloads to score

3v2 transitions

in Attacking, Tactics

The attacking team has an overload but can the defending team use their players to create their own overload and win the ball back so they can score? MORE

creating goals with runs

Time your runs

in Attacking, Tactics

Use this lively attacking session to coach your strikers to burst into the penalty area with well-timed runs to latch onto killer passes that split defences and leave your striker 1v1 with the goalkeeper. MORE

Fast play to goal

Quick interplay to goal

in Attacking, Tactics

The aim of this session is to get players working quickly in the areas in front of goal to spot openings and quickly attack them with the end result a shot at goal MORE

Keep the ball and create space

Combination play

in Attacking, Tactics

In this session the players are working on ball retention, plus angles of passing and receiving, and support around the ball. You need to pay attention to the second angle a player makes after a pass is dispatched ready to play a one-two MORE

Chelsea v Arsenal

How to stop the opposition’s best player

in Defending, Tactics

It’s important when playing against a player that scores a lot of goals that you stop the space. If you’re playing against somebody that hits the goal from all areas of the attacking third, you’ve got to get really tight. The trick is to arrive when he receives the ball so that he hasn’t got... MORE

Half Time Tactics social

Four ways to prepare your team for the second...

in Blog, Tactics

It’s a tough call. The half-time whistle sounds and you’re leading 1-0. You need those three points. The dilemma confronting you is do you try to keep things tight and hold onto your lead, or do you press on for more goals and a convincing win? MORE

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


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