This activity and following progressions develop an understanding of structured and organised defending against an opponent with a numerical advantage; on gaining possession the advantage now changes to 3v2 / 4v3 to goal. Players are encouraged to think ‘Attack’ on these transition moments!
Passing, Ball Circulation, Buildup, Movement – whatever the terms you choose – are all vital components of maintaining possession. Teaching players to combine with each other in various situations is a key element of team play: can your players combine quickly to evade opponents, can they combine to create scoring chances in tight spaces, do they have an understanding of the how / when / why of successful combination play??
The vast majority of players & coaches just accept any surface that is relatively flat, stone/dirt free and flat. We just accept a pitch for what it is – a playing surface to facilitate a game, come rain or come shine, mud, snow and sometimes ice. Former Director of Soccer Development for the Maryland State Soccer Association, Graham Ramsay, shares his thoughts.
At what age should you introduce tactics? At what age should you start teaching your young players how to defend a counter attack properly. Here is an outstanding activity to teach your players the principles of defending the counter attack!