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- The soccer field is the best place to learn about Club-Sportal. The ideal situation is to get the coach on the field with their cleats or sneakers. Put them through drills and situations as if they were the kids. They experience how fun the game is. They also learn first hand what its like to be at the end of a line or to be sitting while the other kids are playing. The coach leaves with a good feeling from the "hands on" experience and we hope you get the same from surfing this site: Soccer Coaching Software. This guide is meant to give you enough knowledge until you can attend a coaching clinic yourself. Check your State Soccer Coaching Organizations web site to find out where and when. They are very fun and we guarantee that you will come away being a better coach. Until then, gets lots of soccer drills and coaching soccer information on this website.
- Is your drill/activity not working ? Three ways to make coaching soccer drills work. Change a drill or game
- The time and place to teach or practice skills is on the practice field, not during the heat of a game. Use games to pick out one or two things to work on in practice. Other than that, let the kids play!
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- The Game Within the Game
- The easiest way to coach soccer is to think about the "GAME WITHIN THE GAME". At any given moment during a match, find the soccer ball, and there will be a small sided game.
In a 11V11 YOUTH match, the small sided game is usually 3v3 or 4v4.
In a MICRO SOCCER match, there will be a 1v1 or a 2v2 small sided "game within the game".
- On Offense, players 10,3,2 are all one pass away and can directly change the game Since this is a youth game, players 9,6,8,1 are more than one pass away and probably will not impact the game at this moment.
On Defense, 6,9,5,10 are in the small sided game.
- PART 2 - Individual ROLES of soccer players
Note: words in RED are the actual soccer terms. Words in " " are layman's terms
Understanding the individual roles of soccer players will help the coach to identify areas the team can work on.
FIRST Attacker (#3) is the player with the soccer ball .
Role or "JOB" is to penetrate or "push the soccer ball forward"
This happens three ways. Shoot, pass, dribble. A shot would be the first option. If player cannot pass,dribble or shoot, keep possesion.
2ND Attacker the next closest player(s) to the 1st attacker
Role is to Support or "HELP". The player helps out his teammate by spreading out and being in a good position for a pass and/or makes a run for a pass. Also makes sure one defender cannot cover two attackers.
3RD Attackers role is to unbalance or "make the field big"
Note: most youth coaches will not have to focus on 3RD attackers.
FIRST Defender (#10) is the player marking the 1ST attacker
#10's role or "JOB" is to PRESSURE the first attacker or stop the 1st attacker from being able to penetrate. The "three "D's" of defense are as follows:
- The player should communicate with teammates " I GOT BALL" and pressures quickly but not too quick where the 1st attacker can go around.This is called "delay" or slowing the player down.
As #10 gets closer to # 3, his/her steps shorten, body lower, feet and body at an angle. This is called deny. Stopping any further penetration.
- The last D is "destroy". Win the soccer ball. But that is only when the player knows there is a teammate behind in good position. 2ND Defenders (#5) is in the area of the ball and their role isCOVER.
Backup first defender while being in position to become 1st defender if #7 gets the ball. Proper angle and distance is important When the 2ND Defender is in position he/she communicates with 1st defender " I GOT YOUR BACK". Now the 1st defender can get more agresssive and instead of deny, the 1st defender can try to win the ball.
3RD Defenders role is to Balance. Proper spacing to make it difficult for offense to penetrate.