Team Tactics Tips & Drills For Soccer.

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1 + 2 v 2 + 1

Objective

Encourages combination play between the two field players.

The Game

  • The object of this game is to get the ball from one target, A to the other, B, without losing possession.
  • Each time this is done it is worth one goal.
  • The attacking team keeps this sequence up until possession is lost (i.e. they can score many goals in a row).
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, it belongs to the other team.
  • Targets can move back and forth along their line.

Variations

  • Limit target players to one touch.
  • Limit field players to two touches.
  • Do not allow field players to play the ball back to the target they received from.
  • Make field players play it to each other at least once before they make a goal.

Coaching Points

In Attack:

  • Encourages combination play between the two field players
  • Have targets look for the player farthest away.
  • Check away from the ball to create space for yourself, check back for the ball at angles.
  • Receive the ball sideways on when possible.

In Defense:

  • Make attackers play the ball back whenever possible.
  • Keep the play in front of you.
  • Never get flat with each other.
  • Take away options for the attackers, make the play predictable.

Submitted By: Jeff Pill


2 v 2 From Corners

Objective

Teams must find the open player with the best opportunity to score.

The Game

  • First player on each line comes into the game and plays 2 vs. 2.
  • Coach serves ball to one of the four corners.
  • Game continues until goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds.
  • Coach immediately puts a new ball into play when ball is out of bounds.

Variations

  • Vary the type of the serve to each corner (high, low, hard, chipped, driven).
  • Increase the size of the grid for greater fitness demands (44 X 40).
  • Decrease the size of the grid to make the attackers play quicker (20 X 20).

Coaching Points

Attacking:

  • Playing quickly, one or two touch.
  • Finding the open player with he best opportunity to score.
  • Recognizing passing "seams".
  • Passing and receiving.
  • Combination play.

Defending:

  • Goalkeeping.
  • Recovery runs.
  • Pressure, cover (first and second defender principles).

Submitted By: Jeff Pill


2 Zone Game

Objective

We were finding it difficult playing to our strikers once we won the ball, and, if we did get it to them, we had difficulty creating opportunities to get to goal. This activity addressed that concern and improved their play.

It is a good functional game for both sides of the ball because it also works on the 2 strikers defending play out of the back.

The Game

  1. The three light players in zone 'A' keep the ball away from the three dark players and try to pass the ball over the line to the two light players in zone 'B'.
  2. The three dark players in zone 'B' must mark in good defending position ... 'goal side,' 'ball side'.
  3. If the dark team wins the ball, it is their turn to attack.

Stages

  1. Light players play keep away from dark players. They may only pass the ball back and forth over the line. Everyone must stay in his or her zones.
  2. Same game as above, but one player can 'move up' to support when ball played in. (e.g.: zone 'A' player can follow pass into zone 'B')
  3. Same as above, but the two players in zone 'B' must combine before they may pass to a different player.
  4. Play to goal. (Goalkeepers may be added at any time in this sequence. The game is free flowing, restarted properly if the ball goes out of bounds.

Coaching Points

  • Keep the ball by playing it back or sideways, but play it forward whenever possible.
  • The best pass is always the longest pass as long as possession can be maintained.
  • Anticipate 'windows of opportunity' in order to play the ball forward.
  • Look for the 'second forward'
  • Pace of passes must be appropriate.
  • 'Checking forward' must read the defender. (Turn, hold, or combine.)
  • Angle, distance and timing of support.
  • Back players try to combine with 'strikers'.
  • Forward try to get behind defenders once they play the ball back. Always look to 'spin' after laying the ball back.

Submitted By: Jeff Pill


4 v 4 v 4 Keepaway

Objective

Practices team communication, balance on attack and defense and attacking and defending principles.

The Game

  • Break up the squad into 3 equal teams, A, B and C.
  • Two of the teams are on attack (A and B) and C defends.
  • If a B player causes the attacking teams to lose possession, then all of the B's become defenders while the A's and C's attack together.
  • Make sure play keeps flowing.

Coaching Points

  • Communication.
  • Passing and receiving.
  • Team balance on attack and defense.
  • Attacking and defending principles.
  • This game has the added element of peer pressure. Players do not want to lose the ball because it means their teammates will need to defend also.

Submitted By: Jeff Pill


8 v 8

Objective

Two teams of 8 play keep-away in the middle of the field

The Game

Two teams of 8 play "keep-away" in the middle zone as marked. If the defending team wins the ball, they immediately try to posess it.

Variations

  1. Limit attacking players to '2 touch'
  2. Create a sequence where if an attacker takes more than 2 touches, the next touch must be a 'i touch'
  3. After every fourth touch the area of play must be shifted elsewhere.

Coaching Points

Attack:

  • Moving with and without the ball.
  • Angles of support.
  • Team 'Balance.
  • Vision.

Defense:

  • Immediate pressure when the ball is turned over.
  • Cover.
  • Making play predictable.
  • Compacting space.

Submitted By: Jeff Pill


8 v 8 To Goal

Objective

Players practice completing a good set-up pass and following through to the goal.

The Game

Two teams playing 8v. 8 in the middle third of the field as marked. The team in posession of the ball tries to make a pass over the cones to a teammate that is coming out of the middle third. The passed ball must proceed the player running in.

Defenders can not 'track-back' to defend. Once in, the attacker can play one on one with the keeper. Play is then started in the opposite direction with the keeper playing the ball into the middle third to a teammate.

Variations

  • Shooter must shoot first time, or limit the number of touches he may have.
  • If penetrating ball is a wide ball, another attacker may advance to receive a cross.
  • Allow 2 attackers and one defender in to the final third.

Coaching Points

Attack:

  • Good posession / penetration decisions.
  • Playing the ball away from pressure in order to complete a 'good pass' into the final third.
  • Combination play in order to get behind the defense.
  • Quality of final service so that it does not go through to the keeper.

Defense:

  • Quality pressure on the ball.
  • Group effort to 'keep the ball in front of us'
  • Good compactness.

Submitted By: Jeff Pill

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Goalkeeping Tips & Drills For Soccer.

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