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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 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 Defending Third


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


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 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“).