Every soccer player has heard of Brazilian legend Pele. Even most non soccer fans have heard of him. But what most people don’t know about him – including soccer fans – is the way he scored goals. Pele scored over 1,000 career goals therefore he must know a thing or two about putting the ball in the back of the net. So why not study him and improve your finishing abilities?
“Every disadvantage had got its advantage.”
– Johan Cruyff, legendary Dutch player
Ten Players. You have ten teammates (plus a goalkeeper). With those ten people, you can have countless formations when placing players in the attacking third, middle third, and defensive third. So many, in fact, that to list them all and each of their benefits and weaknesses would become an anthology onto itself. Some are obviously poor choices reserved for unbridled children playing in an impromtu game like sending all ten players to the forward to attack the goal (note: never happens), or on the flip side, keeping all ten players in the backfield (also, never happens). This article will stick with the more common formations you’ll run into on a game-by-game basis.
There is more to being a forward in the game of soccer than just being an attacker or wanting to shoot and score. All forwards in soccer have several unique qualities that separate them from the other positions on the field.
1) Instinct in front of the net: true forwards will have a knack for finding the back of the net. They will be calm when that last touch is needed to score a goal.
With the rise of speed, tricks and goal-minded players in modern day soccer, the cross has lost its value and potential. As opposed to having the ball do the running for the players, many players have decided they will showcase their skills and cover large spaces of the field dribbling the ball rather than passing it.