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Soccer Defense

See “Soccer Shift & Sag”, “Soccer Support”, “Soccer Zone Defense”, “Soccer Formations“, “Soccer Depth“, “Soccer Cover“, “Soccer Mark“, “Soccer Pressure”, “Soccer Defending Deep“, “Width In Defense”, “Shape”, “Support Distance & Relative Position”, “Defending Third“, “Win The Ball”, “Ball Watching“, “Breakaway“, “Clear“, “Danger Zone“, “Soccer Dangerous Attackers“, “Soccer Goalkeeper“, “Verbal Soccer Signals“, “Where…From” and Soccer Defensive Tips at SoccerHelp Premium.

Soccer Chip

Similar to golf, a chip pass or chip shot is made by a jabbing motion down & under the ball so the soccer ball goes up into the air. Chipped balls have backspin. The soccer ball can be approached straight on or from the side & can be struck with the top of the laces or the side of the laces, but in all cases the ball is struck low using a downward jabbing motion with little follow-through. The more downward the strike, the more rapidly the ball rises & the more backspin. A chip shot will only work if the goalkeeper is out of the soccer goal or if the goal is too tall for the goalkeeper to cover. But it can be very effective in youth leagues against a short goalkeeper in a tall goal. Not all “airballs” are chips. A soccer ball struck low with a normal backswing and a normal follow-through will also rise into the air. This ball, called a “lofted drive”, will not rise as quickly as a chip and has little or no backspin, but it will travel farther & with more pace. When coaching a Rec team, I often used the word “chip” in a generic way when I wanted a player to send a soccer pass “over the top” of the opponents or to “clear” the ball, because it was easier than saying “kick a lofted ball with backspin”. See “Chips Game” and “Chip Pass or Shot” in “Techniques & Fancy Footwork”, which is part of the Premium site. (See “Lofted Drive” and “Hopped Pass“).

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 Plan

For recreational soccer teams ages 10 and older, it is very important to have a simple and realistic soccer attacking plan that players clearly understand & can execute. For example, a simple attacking plan could be to clear the soccer ball away from your Defending Third, have your forwards be positioned to win the ball, and launch a quick attack. This is not as easy as it sounds. How to achieve this is described at SoccerHelp Premium.

(See “Soccer Attacking“, “Center The Soccer Ball“, “Clear the Soccer Ball “, “Soccer Counterattack“, “Defending Deep“, “Finish“, “First Attacker“, “Formations“, “Pass To Space“, “Push Up“, “Rebound“, “Shift & Sag“, “Styles of Play“, “Support” and “Win The Ball“).