Soccer Tactics

Study soccer drills, tactics and strategies

Soccer Formations

The following is a brief summary of the soccer formations commonly used in today's game. It is important to point out that there is no ideal formation. From a coaching perspective, "the best" formation is the one that suits the players in your squad....

Finding Your Position

Ideally, you want to try playing in different positions and see where you fit best. Just remember that there may be a difference between your favorite position and the one where you are most effective. What makes a good defender Anticipation Top...

Quiz: What Type of Dribbler Are You?

This 24-question quiz will try to analyze what type of dribbler you are and where you best fit on the field. Remember, this is an assessment of your ability, not a test of your knowledge. Check each sentence that reflects the way you play: In s...

Soccer Drills

This article examines the most common and effective soccer drills that are used during practice by both professional and youth teams. Most of these drills can be modified to suit any age group or skill level. Attacking drills Shooting drill 1. Th...
Soccer Playing Styles

Soccer Playing Styles

British The no-nonsense British style incorporates a lot of traditional values that have been present in England since the emergence of football. Attacks unfold quickly and with few touches. This fast-pace mentality often leads to fierce fighting over 50...
Soccer Positions

Soccer Positions

Goalkeeper The goalkeeper is the only player who is allowed to touch the ball with his hands. Also, he is usually the only player with a full overview of the pitch. Because of this unique advantage, it is the keeper's responsibility to direct and ins...

Attacking and Supporting Runs

In this article, we are going to look into attacking tactics that are used when you don't have the ball at your feet. We will also consider why it's often important to check back and run toward the sideline in order to support your teammates. Attacking...
Controlling the Ball Under Pressure

Controlling the Ball Under Pressure

How to control the ball Available time It's important to know how much time is available before you try to control the ball. Sometimes, a quick one-touch pass or shot might be the better choice. If you find yourself lacking options or being closed dow...

Passing and Distributing the Ball

How to pass the ball Time and pressure Before receiving the ball, you should be aware of how much pressure there is on you. If there is more than one defender around, be prepared to lay the ball off right away. Try to decide where you are going to pas...

Dribbling and 1v1

How to dribble with the ball Dribbling into space When you have the ball and there is open space in front of you, take it! By dribbling into space, you are drawing defenders out of position and opening up the game. Dribbling across the field often cre...
Finishing and Shooting in Soccer

Finishing and Shooting in Soccer

The following article explains the basic principles behind shooting in soccer. We will consider the importance of power and placement in common situations as well as the role of surprise, where an unexpected shot can beat the goalkeeper. How to shoot t...

Defending

Pressuring the ball Putting pressure on the ball doesn't always mean running in for a tackle. Simply having a defender in front of the ball limits the attacker in many important ways. In your own defensive third, make sure to stay between the attacker an...
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