Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

3 Steps to Stopping a Counter Attack

3 Steps to Stopping a Counter Attack

by Ivan Bobanovic

Your team is at the opponent’s goal and is about to score a goal.  A lot of players commit because...

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

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

by Ivan Bobanovic

Positions on the field are overrated.  When a player is assigned to a central midfield role, for example, he/she will...

Cool, calm & collected

Cool, calm & collected

by Ivan Bobanovic

The paradox of the modern soccer game is that it has gravitated towards speed and quickness, however, more than ever,...

Brazilian Tactics Revealed…

Brazilian Tactics Revealed…

by Philip MacDonald

Play a two-touch possession-game; however, you cannot pass the ball back to the person who passed it to you. What...

How to react to goals in soccer

How to react to goals in soccer

by Ivan Bobanovic

Goals change games.  Tactically reacting to goals as a coach is very difficult.  Do you change your formation or do...

There’s 10 minutes to go and you’re down 1-0…

There’s 10 minutes to go and you’re down 1-0…

by Ivan Bobanovic

You’re down 1-0 with approximately 10 minutes to play.  What do you do?  As a coach, and a player as...

Goalies: How to stop a break-away

Goalies: How to stop a break-away

by Ivan Bobanovic

Many think that when a player is on a break-away, all the pressure is on the goalie in order to...

Goalies: How to command your area

Goalies: How to command your area

by Ivan Bobanovic

Goalie’s not only have to guard their net, but the penalty area as well.  The penalty area is the one...

Maradona and the “Hand of God”

Maradona and the “Hand of God”

by Ivan Bobanovic

Remember this goal?  It was the 1986 World Cup.  Argentina met England in the quarter-finals.  A play developed where Maradona...

How to Stop Playmakers

How to Stop Playmakers

by Ivan Bobanovic

There are soccer players who affect more games more often than any other players.  These players are refered to as...

Increase your Chances of Scoring: the Early Cross

Increase your Chances of Scoring: the Early Cross

by Ivan Bobanovic

The value of an early cross is immeasurable.  The norm for most players is to take the ball to the...

Soccer Formations: 4-3-3

Soccer Formations: 4-3-3

by Ivan Bobanovic

The 4-3-3 is one of the most dynamic tactical systems that a team can use.  The reason it is considered...