EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Tactics

Crossover

Crossover

in Other, Tactics

A crossover movement is made in wide areas of the pitch by three players combining passing and movement. MORE

Step and hold

Step and Hold

in Other, Tactics

Step and hold is a tactic used by defenders to move the defensive line up, specifically when opponents make a backward pass. It is similar to Jump To Press but used in the defensive half of the pitch. MORE

15 yard rule

15 Yard Rule

in Other, Tactics

The 15 yard rule applies to throw-ins. The rule is very simple – all receiving players must start at least 15 yards away from the throw-in taker. MORE

No touch

No Touch

in Other, Tactics

No touch is a type of turn. To make a no touch turn a player must allow the ball to roll past him and into space. MORE

Face their goal

Face Their Goal

in Other, Tactics

Face their goal is a tactic used when the team is defending. It is a reminder to players to recover the team’s defensive shape and stand facing up the pitch. MORE

Touch on the move - part 1

Touch on the Move

in Other, Tactics

Touch on the move is a term used to describe a player who, when receiving a pass, makes a first touch that puts the ball into space (not allowing the ball to stop rolling). MORE

Front marking

Front Marking

in Other, Tactics

Front marking is a tactic used by midfielders and forwards to block the ball as it is being passed to the player being marked. MORE

Space, not man

Space, Not Man

in Other, Tactics

If a team is told space, not man the players are being directed to mark, or protect, the space between the opposing attackers and their own goal, rather than getting tight (close) to the attackers. MORE

Jump to press

Jump to Press

in Other, Tactics

Jump to press is a tactic used specifically by midfielders and forwards to chase vigorously the opposition’s passes that are played backwards. MORE

Aggressive marking

Aggressive Marking

in Other, Tactics

Aggressive marking is the term used when a defender is marking on the shoulder of his direct opponent, i.e. he is positioned next to, rather than behind, the attacker. MORE

Channel side

Channel Side

in Other, Tactics

Channel side is a defending tactic used up by a central defender, which positions him closer to the touchline than his direct opponent. The defender will also be on the shoulder of the opponent and in a supporting position behind the team’s full back. MORE

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

in Other, Tactics

Horseshoe is the name given to the tactic of passing the ball around the defensive line from one side of the pitch to the other. MORE

Blindside run

Blindside Run

in Other, Tactics

A blindside run is a move made by an attacker that a defender doesn’t see because he is busy watching the ball. MORE

Teaser passes

Teaser Passes

in Other, Tactics

A team will play short teaser passes to lure opponents out of position, force them to chase the ball and suck them into one area of the field. MORE


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