There are two main reasons why a wall is created in soccer:
- Create an obstacle for your opponent who is trying to shoot/cross
- Aid your goalie who has a large net to cover
One of my biggest frustrations is when players pass the ball in the air when they could have given it to my feet. The point of a pass isn’t to just get me the ball, the point of the pass is to get me the ball to my feet so that I can make a quick decision without having to worry about bringing the ball under control first.
A reader by the name of Angela sent us an e-mail saying her coach has put her to play on defense against her will. She told the coach that she wants to play midfield but the coach hasn’t changed his mind. Angela goes on to ask, “why do coaches put players where they don’t belong? Is there a reason for this?”
Well Angela, there’s often a method to anyone’s madness, you just have to be open to change.
Part of our experience, while in Amsterdam, Holland, included a 3 hour training session with one of the most respected Dutch coaches in the area. As we approached the training facility, we were blown away.
The 4-5-1 formation has become an increasingly established European formation. Coaches and teams alike in Europe have proved it is – if played correctly – one of the most effective soccer formations.
Some of the notable teams that use this formation are:
The KNVB, Royal Dutch Football Association, is one of the most decorated and respected football associations of all time. They have produced the likes of Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Clarence Seedorf, Wesley Sneijder, and the list goes on and on. More importantly, however, the KNVB is known for the style of soccer it promotes: they encourage technical excellence. There was a period in the 1970’s when the KNVB was playing beautiful soccer, but they were not winning anything. During that period they played their rivals – the Germans – and lost numerous times but suggested they were satisfied because they played a nicer game.
As our game changes, so must our tactics and thus our formations. The more we study the game the more we realize that there are ways to manipulate formations in order to create a means of either attack or defense. Even more detailed, you can tailor your team to play up the wings, down the middle, long balls over the top and etc.
Mistakes happen, they’re inevitable. The important thing is to learn from them. You want to make sure that they never happen again…or at least decrease the likelihood that they re-surface. For this blog I would like to demonstrate how a lapse in concentration can lead to a big mistake – a game changing mistake.
Corner kick formations are something that many coaches rarely go over with their players yet these can be some of the most dangerous situations in a game, offensively and defensively. With that being said here are some guidelines that all players should know about corner kick formations.
Many soccer players feel that if they can successfully dribble one or two defenders they have done their job. This is especially true for wingers. However, there are a few things to consider if you are a winger that can help you become a very dangerous player. These are simple but effective parts of the wingers role. They can also be used for other positions of the field including central midfield but can be used most often on the wing.
While watching the FIFA 2010 World Cup, teams and players are committing errors that they would normally not do at club level. There are moments of brilliance followed by moments of complete mental lapse and selfishness. The problem at the top level is that good teams will punish you for your errors and often times it is the smallest detail that will determine whether you win or lose. No matter your level of play, whether you’re playing in the world cup or college level, each of us can take away from this and learn not to make the same errors.
Whether you’re team is playing its first or final game of the season and you’re holding onto a 1-0 lead there are some tactics that should be discussed to help your team hold onto the lead and finish the game with a win. Often time’s players make mistakes or as what they call it in tennis “unforced errors.” The same is true in soccer. Below are tips that should be used throughout an entire game and should be strongly enforced when the game is close and you need to hold onto the lead.