Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

3 Steps to Stopping a Counter Attack

Your team is at the opponent’s goal and is about to score a goal.  A lot of players commit because the situation looks promising.  Suddenly, their goalie grabs the ball and launches the ball down field.  Uh oh…it is a counter attack.  You begin to backtrack and realize that you and your other defender are the only two players back while they attack with 3…and here comes the 4th. What do you do?

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Don’t get so caught up in your position on the field

Positions on the field are overrated.  When a player is assigned to a central midfield role, for example, he/she will limit the options to their game. The thought process goes something like this: If I’m playing center midfield, well then I can’t go there and I can’t do that.  I’m here to suggest that you shouldn’t get so attached to your position.  What’s more important is team movement.

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Cool, calm & collected

The paradox of the modern soccer game is that it has gravitated towards speed and quickness, however, more than ever, the need for composure is colossal.  Players and teams alike seem to have trouble finding patience on the field when all of the expectations are geared towards flashy moves, explosive runs and fabulous goals.  What soccer is missing, is the development of players who have a sobering affect on the game.

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Brazilian Tactics Revealed…

Play a two-touch possession-game; however, you cannot pass the ball back to the person who passed it to you. What this does is creates short/quick passing between teammates and movement from a third player. This often creates a triangle formation among the players. In a real game situation, the formation of a triangle will give you at least two options for passing a moving.

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Goalies: How to stop a break-away

Many think that when a player is on a break-away, all the pressure is on the goalie in order to stop the shot.  I disagree, all the pressure is on the attacker to score the goal.  With this in mind, goalies everywhere should approach every break away with confidence and understand that the player with the ball is uncertain about what he/she will do.  Here are a few tips for goalies to help stop a break-away.

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Goalies: How to command your area

Goalie’s not only have to guard their net, but the penalty area as well.  The penalty area is the one area on the filed where one player has an advantage over all other players — that being that the goalie can use his/her hands. With this advantage come responsibility.  Goalie’s must develop the role of an army general and control the area.

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How to Stop Playmakers

There are soccer players who affect more games more often than any other players.  These players are refered to as playmakers.  The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabergas, Luka Modric and Xavi Hernandes have the ability to make incredible passes and create magical plays that win their team many games.  So where do you even begin when trying to figure out a way to stop these players?

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Increase your Chances of Scoring: the Early Cross

The value of an early cross is immeasurable.  The norm for most players is to take the ball to the end line and then whip it into the box.  To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with this approach – it actually works very well.  But that being said, players put their heads down and don’t even think about putting an early ball in because they’re focused on getting to the end line before they make any further decisions.  the problem with this is you are not seeing potential runs and openings being made by your teammates.  I am going to explain when to use the early cross and why to use it.  Use it correctly and you will create more scoring chances for your team than you could have ever imagined.

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Soccer Formations: 4-3-3

The 4-3-3 is one of the most dynamic tactical systems that a team can use.  The reason it is considered so exciting is because it encourages attacking play.  One team who has used the system to perfection are the Spanish giants FC Barcelona.  In fact, it helped them solidify their spot as the top club team in the world during the 2009-2010 season.  This blog will outline the tactics and reasons why this formation is such a success.  Learn how to play this system and you’ll be in business…

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