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Soccer Possession Style


An “indirect” style of play that emphasizes soccer ball control and many short passes, as opposed to long airballs. The argument in favor of this style is that it teaches soccer players to control the soccer ball. The argument against overemphasis on this style is that soccer players can lose sight of the real objective, which is to score, and not to just see how many consecutive passes can be made (i.e, a team should possess the soccer ball in order to score, but the objective is to score and not to just possess the soccer ball). Most Recreational soccer teams cannot be successful trying to play a possession style because they aren’t capable of making 7-10 consecutive passes under pressure. Some people think “Possession Soccer” cannot be combined with “Attacking Soccer” (meaning a more direct style that uses long passes and long “over-the-top” airballs), but that is not true. In fact, the two styles can be effectively combined. For example, the Amsterdam professional soccer team Ajax (pronounced “eye’ ax”) does so, often playing a series of short passes in the “middle third” (in order to lull the opponent and to give their Forwards time to go forward) and then suddenly sending a long airball into the Penalty Box. See “Styles of Play”, “Formations” and “Attacking Plan” for more information and attacking styles more suitable for recreational teams.


Soccer Middle of the Field


See “Middle 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 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 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“).