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Soccer Goal Kick

This is a type of “Set Play.”  See the review of “Coaching Set Plays” for Set Play Tactics. When the ball goes out of bounds over the end line & was last touched by the attacking team, it is put back into play by the defending team, who may place it anywhere within their Goal Box (including on the line) & then kick it. The kicked ball may not be touched again by anyone on either team until it clears the Penalty Box and the other team must stay outside the Penalty Box until the ball clears the Penalty Box. A goal kick is kind of like having the ball on your own 5-yard line in American football, you’re glad to have the ball but if you turn it over you can be in trouble. If your goalkeeper has a strong leg, have him take your goal kicks. Otherwise, you may want to have another player take the kick while the goalkeeper stays in front of the goal. If you have an advanced team and don’t have someone who can kick the ball to the halfway line, consider “Spreading The Field” in order to “Stretch The Defense”. You can do this by spreading out your players and taking the kick from the middle of the Goal Box line, directly in front of the goal. This way the Defenders won’t know which side of the field you will kick to and they are forced to spread out. The rules give the kicking team an advantage by requiring the Defenders to stay out of the Penalty Box until the ball clears the Box (if the Defenders run into the Box the kick is retaken). The kicking team can be in the Box or can run across it, but cannot touch the ball until it clears the Box (i.e., your team can make runs across the Box but the other team can’t). If you aren’t able to kick it deep or spread the field, the Defenders will cluster within kicking distance, mark up behind your players & step in front to steal the ball. (This is how you should teach your players to defend goal kicks). I like spreading the field because it teaches the concept of controlling the ball, rather than just booming it, and teaches the attackers how to spread the field, take the ball wide & how to “build an attack from the back”. However, spreading the field is probably not practical for a recreational team because of the practice time required. For recreational teams, the best approach is to have the strongest kicker take the kick (even if it is a forward) and to teach the MF’s and F’s that they must fight to “win the ball”. (See the diagram titled “Spread The Field Goal Kick Set-Up“.

Soccer Clear

(aka Clear the Soccer Ball). The first priority of soccer defenders is to “clear the ball” (i.e., kick the ball) out of the “Danger Zone” (i.e., out of scoring range). If the soccer ball is in front of your goal and in scoring range, the Defenders should “clear it” because a turnover would give the opponent a scoring opportunity. This is especially true in recreational soccer where players often don’t have good soccer skills. For Recreational teams, when the soccer ball is in your Penalty Box, we recommend teaching your Midfielders to stay a pass away from the soccer ball (15-20 steps) and your Forwards to stay a long soccer kick (25-35 steps) away from the ball, and teach the MF’s and Forwards to “shift and sag” with the soccer ball, and teach your Fullbacks to clear it straight ahead. This way, your MF’s and Forwards know what to expect, can position themselves to “win the ball”, and you will have good soccer field coverage. Your MF’s and Forwards MUST fight for and win most of these cleared soccer balls or you will probably lose the game. At higher levels of soccer play the emphasis is on controlling the ball, but in Rec leagues teams often don’t have the skill to “build an attack from the back”, as it is called when the FB’s pass to the MF’s who pass to the F’s, etc., and clearing it is the only realistic style of soccer play. How to teach this Style of Play is described in SoccerHelp Premium. (See “Attacking“, “Attacking Plan” and “Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Soccer Build An Attack From The Back

A controlled soccer attack starting with the FB’s who pass to the MF’s, who pass to the F’s. The phrase is also used in a more general way to refer to FB’s being involved in the soccer attack. This is very difficult and unrealistic for most youth soccer recreational teams. It only works if your FB’s have very good ball skills. If the other team’s forwards are better than your FB’s, it will probably not work. If you turn over the ball near your soccer goal the other team may score. If your FB’s are under pressure, it is advisable for them to “clear” the soccer ball away from your goal. (See “Attacking“, “Soccer Attacking Plan” and “Clear“).

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“.