Learning to Dictate the Tempo of Play

The pace of a game can be dictated by several things. Teams without possession can dictate tempo by applying pressure on the player with the ball. This can cause the player to lose the ball or make quick movements to evade this pressure. If pressure is continuously applied, then the team in possession may move […]

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Timing Runs & Off The Ball Running

Since soccer is about running and knowing that movement creates movement, a player should always be willing to run into positions which threaten the opponents’ goal, even when the odds are against him receiving the ball. He will then cause havoc for the defense which will make things easier for his team­mates. When attacking, running […]

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Coaching Goalkeepers to Successfully Stop Shots

In order to protect his goal from direct shots, a goalkeeper needs excellent reflexes. With a good handling technique  keeper should be capable of stopping most shots. However, careful positioning and anticipation will reduce the number of shots in the first place. Young players take time to develop this anticipation, but there are universal goal-keeping […]

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Learn How To Coach Tackling

If a player wants to take a ball away from an opponent, the way to do it is through good tackling. Great defensive skills will help, but good positioning might be even more important. Good tacklers always adhere to certain fundamental rules – 1) They always mark so that they’re between their own goal and […]

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Learning the Fast-Break

One of the rewards of playing soccer stem from working hard at a tactic in practice and then successfully using it in a game. Players of all ages, from under-16 to kindergarten, can learn a lot from this process. One such tactic, called the fast-break, can be one of the more exciting and productive skills […]

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Developing Field Awareness

Every player wants to play for a team rather than a collection of individuals. To score goals there must be organization and team-work in attack, and switching the play or attack is part of this organization. In order to become good at switching play, players should have the internal skill of being able to sense […]

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