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

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


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

One nil up, two men down

in Tactics, Tips and advice

Your team is 1-0 up but your opponents have a two-man advantage. A game to teach each team the importance of setting out the tactics to hold on to a lead. Why use it This is a great scenario to challenge your players. One team is 1-0 up but loses a man and the other... MORE

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