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Soccer Space = Time


Attackers want to get away from defenders into open space so they have time & room to attack. Defenders don’t want to give attackers space, especially if the attackers are in scoring range (i.e., in the “Danger Zone”).


Soccer Scorebox


(aka “Danger Zone”). See “Danger Zone“.


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 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 Counterattack


All of your soccer attacks will either start with a kick-off or a “re-start” (such as a goal kick, corner kick or free kick), or they will be “counterattacks” which start when you get the soccer ball on a turnover from the other soccer team. There are 2 types of soccer counterattacks: One is a slow, patient, ball-controlling soccer attack that relies on a lot of short soccer passes in all directions (i.e., backwards & sideways as well as forward); the other is to launch a quick “direct attack” by moving the soccer ball forward as quickly as possible into the other team’s “Danger Zone”. Unless you have a highly skilled soccer team that can complete a lot of consecutive passes, the quick direct counterattack will be the most effective. The concept is very similar to a fastbreak in basketball and if someone says you are vulnerable to a soccer counterattack they are referring to a direct, fastbreak counterattack. You are more vulnerable to a quick soccer counterattack if you push up your FB’s when you attack. There are 2 keys to launching a successful fastbreak soccer counterattack: (1) When your goal is under attack, you must be sure that one or two of your forwards stay out toward the halfway line or even farther if the other soccer team’s FB’s are deep. (Another advantage of this is it will force the other team’s FB’s to stay back, otherwise, they might push up closer toward your goal). (2) Your FB’s or MF’s must quickly kick the ball deep onto your opponent’s half of the field so your forwards can win the ball and fastbreak. (See “Attacking“, “Attacking Plan“, “Breakaway“, “Direct Attack” & “Formations“).


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: , , , , , , , , , ,