Soccer Positions & Field Tactics

What’s my position?

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.

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What’s the Rush?…Slow the game down

About 8 years ago, my soccer team traveled to Europe for a soccer tournament.  We had an abundance of players that were aspiring to make an impression on the local European scouts.

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. 

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Teamwork: Understanding the 4-5-1 Formation

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:

  • Spanish, European and world champions FC Barcelona;
  • English Premier League champions and European runners-up Chelsea FC; and
  • AC Milan of the Italian Serie A among others.

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The key to Playing Winning Soccer

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.

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Attacking Tips For Wingers

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.

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Time to Learn from World Cup Mistakes

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.

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Five Best Tips to Close Out a Game

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.

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