How to Defend a Forward or Midfielder With Their Back to Their Own Goal

Forwards checking back to the soccer ball are often accompanied by a tight marking defender. Midfielders also take on this defensive role against opposing midfielders or forwards checking back. Here, the defender’s main goal is to keep the soccer ball in front of them and not get turned. If the offensive player plays the ball backwards, you […]

 

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How to Perform a Proper Take-Over in Soccer

A take-over is a simple run that is very effective. Performing a take-over correctly can get you out of tight spaces on the field and can possibly give you an open shot. When to Perform a Take-Over There are two key situations in a soccer when it’s beneficial to perform a take-over:  1.) When you […]

 

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A Simple Rule for Better Soccer

There is a simple rule in soccer that can help your team either start an attack or shore up a possible risky play. The rule that must be followed is relatively simple. When two players on the same team are going at the ball from opposite directions, the player going forward always has the right of […]

 

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Basics of Proper Heading in Soccer

Heading. In soccer it’s a term that often gets a bad reputation. I believe that for the most part players and parents worry about heading because players have not learned how to do it properly. Indeed, heading is a lost art in youth games. Kids do not want to head the ball because it hurts […]

 

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50/50, 60/40 and 40/60 Challenges in Soccer

During a soccer game, there are a variety of different types of challenges we make when going after a loose ball, including 50/50, 60/40, and 40/60 challenges. 50/50 challenges are when you and a player from the opposing team arrive at the soccer ball at the same time. Each player has a 50 percent chance […]

 

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The Block Tackling Method in Soccer: Keys and Principles

There are a couple of ways to tackle in soccer, and each carry different advantages. One method is called block tackling as described in the the excellent book Soccer: How to Play the Game: The Official Manual of the United States Soccer Federation. Block tackling is just like it sounds: you place your foot in […]

 

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1v1 Soccer Defending: Key Principles of Individual Defense

In soccer, defending is a team concept. When you’re defending, your entire team, not just the defenders, is working together by communicating and staying compact in order to protect the goal. If just one player is not doing his or her job, your team can suffer a breakdown. This is why 1v1 or individual defending […]

 

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The Importance of Receiving the Ball Across Your Body

Soccer coaches often encourage their players receive the ball across their body. Some even demand it. When I was younger, for one, my coach Brian Jaworski told me that if I watched the English Premier League (EPL), I would see that all the best players receive the ball across their body. I do watch the […]

 

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Getting Separation on Corner Kicks

Corner kicks are extremely important in the game of soccer. In European club leagues, there are about 5-5.5 corners taken per team per game, and in your 0wn games there may be significantly more. Since corner kicks happen so frequently, you must take advantage of every opportunity you get. One great way to improve offensively […]

 

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Doing the Little Things in Soccer

In sports you may have heard coaches saying that a particular player “does all the little things correctly.” It’s a nice sounding phrase, but not very specific. What, exactly, are these little things the coach is talking about? In soccer, there are all kinds of “little things” you can do. Just because they are referred […]

 

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