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

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

Reactions

Pass, receive, move

in Passing, Tactics

This is a great session to show players how reactions are vital to the ability of the team to move the ball between players and around the pitch – before the pass, with the ball and then after the pass. Also the progression adds the pressure of a defender MORE

Half-time team talk

Reacting at half-time with a team talk

in Blog, Tactics

The big decision that faces all coaches whatever level they are coaching is how do they react to the half-time scoreline? Going all out to kill the game or parking the bus if you are winning – but if you're losing what do you tell your team to do? MORE

5 minutes to play feature

5 minutes to play

in Tactics

It’s late in the game with the championship at stake – this session puts your players in the driving seat and lets them decide on the tactics that will win the title. Why use it This session lets the players decide amongst themselves what to do to win the league. It is a game scenario... MORE

Box Switch

SWITCHING PLAY – box switch

in Attacking, Tactics

Simple fact. Being able to switch play makes the pitch bigger and give more options to create goalscoring situations – this variant on the theme looks at switching play from a counter attack MORE


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