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Soccer System Of Play


The concepts of “Positions“, “Support” and “Shift & Sag” teach teamwork and, when combined with a “Formation” and “Style Of Play“, they provide the organization for your team’s play, and collectively are called your “System of Play”. Starting at U-8, you should teach your players the concepts of “Positions” (i.e., that there are “Forwards“, “Midfielders“, “Fullbacks” and a “Goalie“), “Support” (i.e., “First Defender/Second Defender” and “First Attacker/Second Attacker/Third Attacker“) and to “Shift & Sag“. These concepts are easily taught and, in essence, teach teamwork. They can make a huge difference in your team’s play. How to teach “Positions” is explained in SoccerHelp Premium at “How To Teach Soccer Positions”. How to teach “First Defender/Second Defender” is explained at “Quick Team Improvement Program” section no. 3, at “10 Defense Tips & Tactics” section no. 7 and at “Support” in the Dictionary. How to teach “First Attacker/Second Attacker/Third Attacker” is explained at “First Attacker” in the Dictionary, and In Premium at “Scoring More Goals” and “Attacking Plan”. How to teach “Shift & Sag” is explained in Premium at “Quick Team Improvement Program” section no. 4 and at “Shift & Sag” in the Dictionary. On Premium, also see “How To Teach Soccer Formations”, “Formations” and see “Styles of Play” in the Dictionary.


Soccer RMF


Right Midfielder. (See “Positions” and “Midfielders“).


Soccer Positions


See “Forwards” (F), “Fullbacks” (FB), “Midfielders” (MF), “Goalkeeper” (GK), and “Stopper” (S) & “Sweeper” (SW). LF is Left F, CF is Center F, RF is Right F, etc. In designating soccer positions, as you face the other team’s goal, Right (e.g., RMF) is to your right. (See “Formations“, “Small Sided“, “Number of Players” & “Zone Defense“).


Soccer OMF


Abbreviation for Offensive Midfielder. (See “Midfielders” & “Formations“).


Soccer Midfielders


(abb. “MF”; aka Halfbacks) Play between Forwards & Fullbacks. Must support the Forwards & also support the Fullbacks. Used to be called “linkmen” because they link the Fullbacks & Forwards. Must run more than any position & must have good stamina or be subbed a lot. On my U-16 recreational soccer team we have 2 “Offensive MF’s” (”OMF’s”) & 2 “Defensive MF’s” (”DMF’s”). (We play a 3-2-2-3, see “Formations”). My “MF’s” move up on the attack & can move into scoring position & score if the opportunity is created. However, they must get back & cover their position & remember they are a mid-fielder. I encourage them to take long chip shots at the top of the goal, but not long grounders that the goalkeeper will easily pick up. On defense, I bring the DMF’s back just outside the Penalty Box. We play a zone defense & the Defensive MF’s will shift from side to side & move into the Penalty Box if necessary, depending on where the soccer ball is, but the LMF (Left MF) & RMF (Right MF) will not go past the “center”; that way we always have someone covering the center even if the soccer ball is far to one side. (The right and left sides are as you face the other team’s soccer goal). (See “Formations” and “Positions“).


Soccer MF


Abbreviation for Midfielder. (See “Midfielders“).


Soccer Linkmen


(aka Midfielders). See “Midfielders“.


Soccer DMF


Abbreviation for Defensive Midfielder. (See “Soccer Midfielders” & “Soccer Formations“).


Soccer Defensive Midfielders


(Abbreviated as “DMF’s”). See “Formations” and “Midfielders“.