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Soccer coaching tips and drills for quick free kicks
Free-kicks are given so you have an advantage over your opponents – make sure your players are prepared to make the most of them. One way to do this is by catching the opposition off their guard, says Dave Clarke.
1. The ball is played quickly out to the player unmarked on right-wing.
2. The winger dribbles towards goal.
3. He then crosses the ball into the penalty box.
4. The attacking team is first to the ball and scores
With a little vision and a quick pass, the defence is caught sleeping and is unbalanced with the left-back out of position. The quick pass from the free-kick allows the winger to capitalise on the poor marking. He plays in a hard, low cross which his attacker is quicker to than the defenders.
The defending team has lost concentration
At a free-kick, teams must keep their concentration to make sure that no opposition players are left free in space. In the diagram the lack of concentration is punished.
The attackers have taken the initiative
The ability to make the most of opportunities shows how important it is for teams to sometimes play free-kicks quickly (be aware of attacking possibilities) and to capitalise on a defence that is caught unawares.
Key soccer coaching tip: It’s simple – tell your players to be first to the ball at free-kicks.
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