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

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

Tumble Dryer

Tumble Dryer

in Other, Tactics

Tumble dryer is a term used to describe random movements by players of an attacking team in central areas of the pitch. The tactic is used specifically when opponents are sitting deep inside their own half. MORE

One touch kill

One Touch Kill

in Other, Tactics

A one touch kill is a quick first-time pass that gets a team out of a pressured situation caused by the opposition. MORE

Inverted winger - part 1

Inverted Winger

in Other, Tactics

If a left-footed wide player plays on the right wing, or a right-footed player plays on the left wing, he is described as an inverted winger. MORE

Rotation

Rotation

in Other, Tactics

The movement of players either while in possession of the ball or defending is known as rotation. MORE

Off the Line

Off the line

in Other, Tactics

Off the line describes a wide player who moves from a wide area into central areas to receive the ball. The term refers to his movement off the touchline. MORE

Defensive diamond

Defensive Diamond

in Other, Tactics

A defensive diamond is created when a team’s midfielder drops back from midfield towards his own goal (also known as dropping deep) to form a diamond shape with his goalkeeper and two centre backs. MORE

Open Shoulders

Open Shoulders

in Other, Tactics

Open shoulders refers to a player’s body position if he is facing a team mate ahead of receiving a pass from him. MORE


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