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"Discipline (staying within tasks) and continuous communication with each other inevitably lead to team-building."4 Louis van Gaal
In diagram 1 the orange #3 has stayed next to his own goal while his team mates are deep inside the attacking third. From this position he cannot offer them any real support . They are left to play 3v4. If the orange team does pass the ball back to the number 3 the attack will slow down. When the ball has to travel 20 yards back it has to travel 20 yards again just to get to where it started, in essence making a 40 yard pass. Space equals time and time favors the defense. Furthermore, should the blue team regain possession he is too far back to apply any pressure in order to buy time for his team mates recovery. The orange #3 is effectively out of the game and cannot make any contribution to his teams efforts. From this position he cannot accomplish any of his basic tasks.
In diagram 2 the #3 has come forward. He is in a position where he can support the #8 and has an opportunity to find both #6 and #9 if he receives the ball. This is the correct distance. By coming forward he has decreased the time that any pass takes which gives the blue team a bigger problem, the orange team will enjoy a faster speed of play. Finally, if the blue team regains possession the #3 is in a better position to support his teammates defensively. It will be easier for the orange team to become compact and regain their defensive shape. This is a better distance and allows #3 to make a bigger contribution to his teams effort.
"The purpose of pressurizing is to decrease both the time and the space which an attacking player has in which to make his pass or his dribble." 9 Charles Hughes When you consider that lack of pressure on the player with the ball is one of the primary reasons that goals are scored, and that goals are plentiful in small sided games, taking a few minutes to understand pressurizing is time well spent. The following borrows heavily from Tactics and Teamwork. 9 Goal-Side "To be effective the pressurizing player should be on the goalside of the player with the ball at a distance of not more than two yards, diagram on the right. The pressurizing player should always remember that his job, wherever possible, is to keep the opposition playing in front of him and deny the opportunity for the opponent to pass the ball forward... Players who are pressurizing opponents should adopt a position which will allow them to turn quickly. It is important that the defender should turn through 90, not 180 degrees." 9 In order to achieve this the defender will need to position him/herself slightly off of the attackers direct line to goal and stand sideways on. That is, the feet should positioned so that they are not facing the ball directly, but rather the space that the defender wants the attacker to move into. In the diagram on the left the blue defender is showing the attacker to his right side. This makes the play predictable for the defender. If the attacker tries to cut behind the defender, the defender only needs to step back or turn and show the attacker into a channel on the other side. This also allows the defender to poke tackle with the foot closest to the ball, turn and block tackle with the foot farthest from the ball and if the attacker pushes the ball past the defender and tries to run onto it, the defender can easily step in front of the attacker and win the ball. These 1v1 moments are very much a cat and mouse part of the game. The attacker will try to use the ball as bait, some type of move or simply run past the defender. It's up to the defender to exercise control and restraint and wait for the correct moment and only then attempt to win the ball. The Recovery Run
If intercepting the pass is not likely. Often outside defenders follow an attacker who has beaten them rather than recover towards the goal. even if he can't win the ball he has a good chance of keeping the play in front of him. 2 puts number 9 closer to the blue player with the ball. close enough for a Kodak moment. 2) Intercept. number 9 will recover to a position where the blue player won't have any trouble passing the ball past him. This results in their staying behind the ball. especially on the flanks." 9 By taking the path in fig. Remember the words of Coach Kit Carson. the defender should slow down just before getting to the attacker. The defender must make up the distance between himself and the opponent while the ball is in flight. they don't start running until the ball. Players on a flank should follow a line towards the near post. but not close enough to be of any use. however a mistake to recover too far beyond the ball into a position where the ball can still be played forward. arrive slow.) Recovery lines resemble a funnel. This is the time that the attacker doesn't have control and the defender can move in for an interception or tackle. 1." 9 It's also a problem in youth soccer that children don't recover far or soon enough. "Head 'em off at the pass." Challenging For The Ball 1) Start fast. It is. The team needs to regroup and concentrate in goal-side positions. When a defender is marking a player that is waiting for a pass it's best to . Young players on the opposite side of the field often fail to recognize that there is a problem. Recovery Lines "Should a player be in doubt concerning his best line of recovery he should follow the following guide. so. The path in fig."Before a player can challenge for the ball he must recover either level with the man with the ball or preferably on the goal-side of the man with the ball. players in central positions should follow a line towards the penalty spot. The distance across the field removes them from any responsibility. Once a players reaches a position on the goal-side of the ball the line of recovery and marking or supporting responsibilities should be reassessed. Defenders who are outnumbered should also retreat towards their goal. Now. opponent and their own goal comes into view. Number 9 will have to turn and run back again. (This is a popular moment for coaches and parents to get involved in the game.
There are times to force attackers into the center of the field. When the opponents regain possession teams need to get compact and establish their defensive shape. The second is more useful in counter attacking play where time favors the defense and mistakes by the attackers are are guided and encouraged. the pass is poor and gives the attacker problems. i. The moment of winning the ball can present a golden opportunity for a counter attack. the winger wants the full back to play the ball into the center. if the defender has done everything properly but cannot arrive in time to intercept and a clean tackle is not possible. he arrives at the same time that the ball does. This is the same thing as reducing the passing angles. In these situations it's important that the individual decisions are in agreement with the overall team plan. desperate measures for desperate times. the defender can totally dominate the attacker. The defender should consider an immediate tackle if. 3) Tackle. The ball is often put the ball up for grabs. he has a free supporting player in a good position.intercept the ball. (5v2 is a good game to teach defenders how to pick the correct moment when to go into a tackle. The opponents can be spread out supporting the attack and several may have moved ahead of the ball. 7) Launch a counter attack. control the situation.e. If an interception isn't possible than tackling is the next option. 6) Stay on your feet. And there are times to force the attackers down the line. 5) Prevent them from turning. An attacker facing his own goal is much less of a threat than one facing yours. These decisions must be made in a matter of seconds in a dynamic situation and the defender must be careful not to commit a foul. Finally. The defense maybe in no position to stop a quick strike. the attacker has poor control. 8) If you can't win the ball. Team Pressurizing There are two basic philosophies for team pressurizing. The following will help team pressurizing: . The defender will need anticipate the situation and move into the line of flight of the ball before the attacker does. Going to ground is a last resort. Also. Teams that allow themselves to get stretched from end to end or side to side will have a hard time pressuring their opponents. force the error approach. high and low pressure. then he should contain the attacker and show him into the least dangerous space. If the attacker has controlled the ball and is facing his own goal then the defender needs to be close enough to prevent him from turning. The first is found in the playmaking style and is marked by an aggressive.) 4) Force the attacker inside or outside. This way the attacker gets no touch. turning with a defender right behind you is a very difficult task.
. This includes the goal keeper. Teams that play with three forwards can pressurize much deeper than a team that plays with two.1) Staying within the plan. Playing with a sweeper ten yards behind the backs is "so 70's" and obsolete. It is at this moment. Vital moment when the ball changes hands "As soon as the ball is lost all players in a team must think in terms of defending and should work hard immediately to win the ball. is a game of mistakes and a primary cause of mistakes is lack of concentration. The entire team will need to shift across the field to counter the opponents threats. like most games." 9 Midfielder is Too Far Forward "Football is a game you play with your brains. It's normal to find the right back in the center of the field when the ball is on the left flank. The forwards represent the first line of defense as well as the last line of attack. not too late. that some players lose their concentration. How far up field will the team defend? What will everyone's role be when the opponents regain possession? How will the lines react to each other and the individuals in the lines? Without a plan it's every man for himself. Teams at the higher levels now flood the midfield. when the ball changes hands. Back defenders that fail to rapidly push up allow big gaps between themselves and the midfield."2 Johan Cruyff . This helps to minimize the space between players in each line. not too early. 3) By the top players dropping back. Football.. One of the first things that a team needs to do is to before they take the field is to decide generally how they want to play. The days when the forwards were all glory and no work are long gone. 4) By shifting across the field. a sure way to disunity and disaster. 2) By the back players pushing up. While this can become involved at the minimum teams should have an idea how they will defend as a team. Pressurizing should start the moment the ball is lost. You have to be in the right place at the right moment.
The #4 and #7 are on the wrong side of the ball. If the #2 or #5 move over they will leave their own immediate opponent unmarked."4 Louis van Gaal . It eliminates calls like "somebody mark up" or "I have two men over here." Striker is Too Far Back "Each training session is a form of communication. In diagram 2 the blue #4 is in the correct position. He cannot do this from this position. The number #4 is too far from his proper position which keeps him from doing his job which in turn puts the burden on his teammates.In diagram 1 the blue #4 is caught upfield when the orange #3 passes out to the #8. it is a question of what you do with them. He can pressure his immediate opponent or support the #7. Now the blue team is faced with the problem of who should pressure the #8. One of #4's basic tasks is to neutralize his immediate opponent. Each player can concentrate on his own job. The drills themselves are not so important. This leads to a higher level of confidence and communication.
Midfielder is Too Close and at the Wrong Angle "I often stop the practice games and challenge the players to think about the soccer problems they are facing.In this diagram the #9 has come too far back. The orange team has more options while the blue team has greater problems. With this position if the #3 passes to either of the midfielders the #9's position eliminates the other midfielder as an option for a pass. It also places greater technical demands on the orange team. the blue team has more space to defend and they cannot support one another as easily. The numbers 4 and 5 are able to mark their opponents tighter because their covering defender. there is space behind the blue midfield for the #9 to receive a pass. One of #9's basic tasks is to stretch the opponents. not a good shape for 4 players. they have far less space to use. The orange teams shape is essentially a triangle."4 Louis van Gaal . He has killed the space between himself and the #3. #2 is closer. They can even see #9 so his movements will not present them with much of a problem. This has made the field much smaller for the orange team. with this position he fails to do this and makes life for his team more difficult and easier for his opponents. From this position. In diagram 2 the #9 has pushed deeper into the opponents half. The distance and angle of the #9 is better. an objective for the blues. a pass from the #3 to one of his midfielders leaves the other midfielder as a target. the blue midfielders can only wonder what he is up to.
The orange midfield has also closed the channel between the numbers 3 and 9. in effect putting a human wall between them. are incorrect. These positions are in keeping with the players tasks in this moment and help to simplify the situation facing the #3. The angle and distance in this case makes it harder for the defenders.. pure mathematics. These positions.In diagram 1 both of the orange midfielders have come into the center of the field. This helps the blue team. they have much more space to cover and cannot support each other as easily. 3v3 Bad Shape Improper Tasks "It's simple mathematics. In diagram 2 both of the orange midfielders have taken wider positions. while a triangle.. The orange team is faced with a significant soccer problem in trying to work the ball out of the back. It also opens the channel between the #3 and the #9. The blue #7 is free to press the orange #3 closely because the #6 has buried himself. they can support each other and they have a smaller area to defend." 3 Barry Hulshoff .
Either way. If they react to number 2's dribble. In this diagram the orange team is still in a triangle but the number 8 has moved up to directly confront the blue number 2. the blue team has an advantage. "Do I leave my opponent and deal with number 2. When the opponents . Furthermore. In the diagram at right the blue team is in possession and bringing the ball out from their own goal. the number 8 has made the passing angle between the number 2 and 7 much more difficult. This puts an added burden onto his teammates. This frees up the orange 3 who can move closer to the center of the field covering the space behind the number 8. but also how important effective communication is. Young players might hear "3 players need to be in a triangle. this creates a 1v1 directly in front of their own goal. however. This gives the number 2 an immediate problem as he tries to bring the ball out. or stay and let him go past me?" This problem is compounded because both players are thinking the same thing. the number 8 has dropped back deep to protect his goal.One situation in 3v3 commonly occurs and illustrates how poor shape effects other players. making their own tasks much more difficult. they let their player go who can then find open space to receive a pass. The orange team has adopted the shape of a triangle. If the blue number 2 carries the attack directly to the orange number 8. This means that the blue number 2 is unmarked and can either directly attack the orange number 8 by carrying the ball between the 3 & 9 or combine with either the blue number 4 or 7. by positioning slightly to the side. since he now has an immediate opponent this makes it much more difficult for the blue team to create a 2v1. Or the blue number 2 can elect to move towards one of his teammates creating a 2v1. because the orange number 8 has elected to defend from a deep position. then the numbers 3 and 9 must make a decision. Also. creating a 2v1 against the orange defender. in effect becoming a sweeper behind number's 3 & 9. If they stay. The difference in these two situations highlights not only how bad shape can make effective team play more difficult. If he takes on the number 8 and loses then it's likely to cost the blue team a goal so it's much harder for the him to carry the ball. and the initiative.
Correct coaching can help by pointing out the differences in both situations.have the ball you have to protect your goal" and then conclude that the situation in the first diagram is reasonable. Passing Game 5v2 . simply passing the blame for mistakes by addressing the problem from the narrow and vague instructions. They can play like this for quite a while.
Insight. The object for the blues is to win the ball and dribble it outside of the area. It is a realistic picture for a team that wants to hold onto the ball. Do the attackers let the ball do the work? Do they read when they are not the target? Do they create decoys? Do the defenders work together? Without proper goals this game lacks direction so it isn't soccer. and the position of his teammates and opponents. his position on the field. Does the team in possession slow the game down when necessary? Is the correct pass selected? Are the distance and angles of the supporting players correct? Do the defenders read the correct moment to go on for a tackle? Note. both can win or lose. This game involves enough elements to be soccer like. Technique. Children maysee that as creating the most space. 6v2 or 6v3. Both teams have an objective. screening and short dribbles. The numbers might be 5v2. building up play. All passing skills." 1 Coaching Soccer Variations of this game play an important part in the KNVB's methods to develop composed. receiving. the attackers should NOT get themselves stuck in the corners. The object for the orange team is to complete 5 to 10 passes without the blue team touching the ball. . Perhaps they are two goals up with five minutes left or composed possession is a part of their build up. Communication. By changing the numbers and dimensions of the field the game can be made harder or easier for the attackers."There is no ideal technique: how a player kicks the ball with his instep will always depend on the options available to him. First team to three points wins. but they don't see how it reduces the angle that you can play the ball through. It poses real soccer problems and requires TIC solutions.
Click on the image to see some scenes about 5v2 from the "Street Soccer" DVD in a Real Time video. .
or end up with the ball hitting. Any shot that is travelling towards a goalkeeper’s legs at pace is difficult to deal with. Goalkeepers need to be on their toes for the whole of this soccer training drill. not their feet. in particular. have problems with these and often opt for kicking the ball away. You want to give goalkeepers a reliable alternative to saving difficult shots that are driven straight at the legs. or even worse. Young goalkeepers. Goalkeeping tips 1. Train your goalie to minimise mistakes and rebound opportunities for opposition strikers.Hands on soccer drill for young goalkeepers Soccer coaching tips and drills to get your goalie saving a goal using their hands. . 2. You need a goal and two goalkeepers. Set up the soccer drill Set up a 15-yard square. going through their legs into the goal. One goalkeeper works and the other serves.
develop the soccer drill so that the server begins to shoot at the goalkeeper’s legs with force. As the goalkeeper warms up. Encourage your goalkeeper to step "into line /down the line" of the shot. Bend knees to form a "k" shape with legs. Scoop ball with both hands into chest. leaning into the direction of ball. The server must initially just pass the ball straight to the goalkeeper`s feet. .
the goalkeeper becomes the server for the goalkeeper at the opposite end. Drop on top of ball to cover the ball and prevent it spilling from the hands and creating rebounds. After each save in the soccer coaching drill. .
Defending the High Cross and Clearing In this soccer drill. have your goalkeeper in the goal against two attackers. wins it in the air and immediately turns and throws it downfield in the opposite direction from which the cross came. This switches the field and catches the attackers still charging at the goal. Two other players are 25m down field in a marked off target area (cones will do). Two players with multiple balls stand on the wings to cross high balls into the box. The goalkeeper attacks the high ball. .Drill B.
. If professionals make that choice. The ball goes where the hips point. Before young players shoot they often look at the corner they are going to hit the ball. If junior penalty takers often drop their heads low and have a big pull-back of the leg — expect a cross-body shot. a goalie must also watch the player’s approach.Soccer coaching tips to help goalies read penalties Seventy per cent of the penalty kicks at the last World Cup went to the opposite side of the foot the kicker took the penalty with. 1. As well as watching the body language. A very wide approach often indicates the shooter is going towards the opposite corner. A straight-on approach gives fewer clues. Key soccer coaching tip: right-footed kickers shoot to their left. and vice versa. the keeper’s right. then how much more likely are young players to do so? Use the following soccer coaching tips to get goalies prepared for penalties. A ―push pass‖ shot will require the hips to open up in the direction the ball is going. Get your players to watch the plant foot. And then the hips. Get your goalkeeper to read the shot Tell your players to watch the penalty-taker’s eyes and body shape. The ball often goes where the plant foot points. If the head stays up he’s going for the opposite corner. Even the head.
. Junior penalties are often poorly hit Many penalties. either weakly hit or right down the middle.Key soccer coaching tip: don’t react too soon. especially at the youth level. Click here for a fun game to develop the skills of your talented penalty-takers. 2. are poorly taken. Use the clues to predict where the ball might go but wait a split second to be sure it really is going there. Often the goalkeeper can easily make the save if they just wait and simply react to the shot.
Sweep it up Why are these soccer coaching tips important? Because as well as making saves. These soccer coaching tips will help get him thinking about positioning and how to help the defenders. your goalkeeper must watch out for high shots over his head. The space between the keeper and defenders should be small enough to make it tricky for opponents to play a ball into it without either the keeper or defenders getting there first. Positional tips: As easy as 1-2-3 If the ball is in the attacking third of the pitch. but getting one who can change positions in relation to the game is very difficult. the keeper should stand in the middle third of their penalty area If the ball’s in the defending third.Soccer coaching tips to get your goalie in position Getting a goalkeeper for your team is bad enough. and remind him of constantly during the game. Young attackers will often try to get the ball as close to goal as possible so your goalkeeper needs to be off his line more. . the keeper should be in the front third of their penalty area If the ball’s in the middle third. the keeper should position themselves a little distance from their goal-line. is to focus on the position of the ball in relation to the goal. a goalkeeper’s job is to provide support for the defence. even when it's at the other end of the pitch You must also think about the team you are playing and talk about his positions at half time. Click here for more soccer coaching tips to help your goalkeeper learn about positioning. If the team has a big kicker. A good position also means the goalkeeper is available to receive a backpass from a team mate under pressure. Coaching reminders The thing you must get across to your goalkeeper.
What you tell your players to do: Demonstrate a positive.Soccer drill to coach players to defend as a unit In this soccer coaching drill we look at developing a team's ability to defend as a unit. Observe the opponents' positions and your team mates. aggressive but controlled attitude. Gaps between players. Remember and apply the work on individual pressing. going to ground.‖ ―Win it!‖ What to look for in this soccer drill: Slow reactions and movement. Failure to intercept or challenge when there is a chance. Pressing. Cover spaces as well as players.‖ ―Don’t dive in. What you tell your players the drill is about: Working hard together to win possession. Seize the opportunity to challenge correctly for the ball. Rash challenges. . fouls. Lack of positive mental attitude. Keep compact as a unit.‖ ―Stay on your feet. What to shout in the soccer (football) drill: ―Press quickly.‖ ―Get tighter and close the gap. supporting and covering as a team unit.‖ ―Keep together and work as a unit.
as done well this is a hard soccer drill. . The coach plays a ball into one end and the players at that end step into the grid to receive. When they do they get a point and their team-mates in the middle can now pressurise the opponents who are receiving the ball. Now they must make 3/4/5 passes before they can pass into the other team at the far end. What to think about: Are your players working ―smart‖ or just hard? Are they applying the lessons learned in marking and covering? Think about rotating tired players. Three other players from each team stand in the middle third. What you get your players to do: Stage 1: Use an area approx 30m x 20m. Lack of communication and specific information. Applaud all goals and good attempts deriving from good defending skills. Drinks and rest pauses are advisable. Relax the eight pass rule in the game after a while and it will be less frantic. Three players stand outside the area at both ends. Think about letting them defend deep as a team and counter attack. Rotate the players in the middle. Each successful long pass gets a point.
Develop the soccer drill When the ball is played in by the soccer coach. If they do. A team making eight passes gets a goal. if not. it is their turn in possession. Divide the pitch into thirds. 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games is a valuable tool for any soccer (football) coaches who would like to vary their training sessions and keep their players keen. Click here to order a copy. This encourages the defenders to hunt as a pack and try to win the ball back early. How would I put these soccer drill skills into a game situation? Play 5 v 5 on a 30m by 45m area with goals. . All the grey players now work as a team to intercept before the final pass can be made. His team-mates must now make 4/5/6 passes in the other two thirds before passing to him to get a point. whites retain the ball and start again. one white player can move into the attacking third. A normal goal also counts. Click here for a competitive team game to make defending fun. The goalkeeper in possession must distribute in his defending third. They must work as a team.
Giving defenders a proper structure and the correct tactical approach will make their role as a defender much more rewarding and will save your team lots of goals.Competitive team games to make defending fun In every soccer training session. incorporate some competitive team games to make the principles of defending fun and motivate your young team. Remind them of the proper skills and don’t let them commit fouls – it should be fun but not too rough. fun team games and soccer training drills. Your players will work extremely hard at defending in order to beat the other player and win points for their team. encourage them by telling them that they can win the games by using good defending skills.The best way to do this is by introducing the theme of defense with competitive. A good soccer coaching tip is to not tell your players that they are working on a defending drill – some young players will not respond well to that scenario. Instead. .
Game 3 – knock all four balls off the cones: the attackers must each defend a ball balanced on a cone by using good ballshielding skills. The defender must tackle or dispossess them quicker than the defender in the other area. Game 2 – tackle all four attackers: Each of the attackers dribbles around the area with a ball. . Number 1 from each team must go into the other team’s area. The defender must continuously try to stop them completing passes.Setting up the games Mark out two 10 x 10 yard areas. The first team to complete 20 passes is the winner. The team is awarded one point for each game they win. Game 1 – stop the other team making 20 passes: The team of four pass one ball around the area. The defender must knock the four balls off the cone quicker than the other defender. Pick two teams of five players. Number the players 1 to 5.
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