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Soccer When To Dribble and When To Pass



a.  Any time you have a soccer pass, take it. Dribble only when you can’t pass or if you can dribble & score.

b.  Generally, do not dribble in the 1/3 of the soccer field nearest your own goal (i.e., in your "defending Third") unless you must in order to get past a defender so you can make a pass or a clearing soccer kick, because if you dribble near your goal the other team might steal the ball & score. Especially if the ball is in the Danger Zone, you should clear it, preferably to the side. If you must dribble, dribble toward the side line, not toward the center. (See "Soccer Attacking", "Soccer Creating Space" & "Soccer Attacking Third").

Soccer Middle Third


The 1/3 of the soccer field containing the Halfway Line & Center Circle. (See “Attacking Third” & “Defending Third”).


Soccer Middle


When describing defensive positions & terms such as “Support” it is necessary to refer to the “middle of the field”. The middle of the field is the area that includes the Halfway Line & is where the midfielders generally stay the most. It is between the “Attacking Third” & the “Defending Third”. The term “middle” is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to the “center”, which is the area between the 2 goals. (See “Middle Third” & “Center Of The Field“).


Soccer Final Third


(aka “Attacking Third”). See “Soccer Attacking Third“.


Soccer Defensive Third


The 1/3 of the soccer field containing your goal (your goal is the goal your Goalkeeper defends). See “Soccer Attacking Third” and “Soccer Middle Third“.


Soccer Defending Third


The 1/3 of the field containing your goal. (See “Soccer Attacking Third” & “Soccer Middle Third“).


Soccer Danger Zone



(aka Soccer Scoring Zone and Soccer Danger Area). The area extending out from the soccer goal in which most shots occur that actually score. The size of this depends on the soccer player’s age. Generally, most goals are scored in the “center”, so it is much safer to clear the soccer ball to the side than down the center. (See “Attacking Third” and “Where…From’“).


Soccer Attacking Third


(aka “Final Third”). The 1/3 of the soccer field that contains the other team’s goal. This is a term used when discussing soccer tactics & strategy. For example, I don’t want my soccer players to dribble a lot in the Soccer Defending Third, but it is okay for them to dribble in the Attacking Third. (However, they should still be looking for a soccer pass or a “Give & Go”). Also, our forwards should aggressively pressure the ball & try to steal it if the other team has it in our “Attacking Third”. (See “Defending Third“, & “Middle Third” & “When To Dribble/When To Pass“).


Soccer Attacking


(aka “Offense”). When a soccer team has the soccer ball they are generally referred to as “attacking”, no matter where the ball is on the soccer field. There are 2 different styles of soccer attacking: a direct soccer attack and an “indirect soccer attack. A direct attack tries to move the ball quickly into scoring range by using mostly forward soccer passes, through balls and breakaways. An indirect attack is slower and uses a lot of sideways or backward passes while searching for a weakness in the defense. Unless your team is very skilled and has excellent passing ability a direct soccer attack will work best. (See “Styles of Play” for more details). Creating soccer space is a very important part of attacking. There are 2 different ways to create space. One relies on the ballhandler (i.e., the soccer player “onball”) to create opportunities. The other way to create space is by movement off the soccer ball & relies on movement by players other than the ballhandler (i.e., players “off-the-ball”) to create space & to create opportunities. (See “Soccer Attacking Plan“, “Soccer Attacking Third“, “Create“, “Soccer Dribbling“, “Go To Soccer Goal“, “Soccer Kick-Off“, “Pass To Space“, “Shift & Sag – Soccer“, “Strength On The Ball“, “Through Ball“, “Push Up“, “Build An Attack From The Back“, “Center The Ball“, “Coaching Rules“, “Commit The Defender“, “Counterattack“, “Creating Space“, “Cross The Ball“, “Defending to Win“, “Direct Attack“, “Finish“, “First Attacker“, “Soccer Formations“, “Soccer Goal Kick“, “Movement Off The Soccer Ball“, “Soccer Possession Style“, “Rebound“, “Release“, “Spread The Soccer Field“, “Styles of Soccer Play“, “Soccer Support“, “Switch The Soccer Play“, “Soccer – When to Dribble/When to Pass“, “Width In Soccer Attack“, “Win The Soccer Ball“.