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Soccer Onball

(aka “Onball Attacker” & “First Attacker”). Refers to the soccer player with the soccer ball, such as the “onball attacker”. (See “First Attacker“, “Second Attacker“, “Third Attacker“, “Off-The-Ball” & “Creating Space“).

Soccer Off-The-Ball Attacking

A style of play emphasizing “off-the-ball” movement as a way to “create space” & scoring opportunities. (See “Movement Off-The-Ball” & “Creating Space“).

Soccer Off-The-Ball

Refers to soccer players on the attacking soccer team who do not have the ball (e.g., “movement off-the-ball”). In contrast, the player with the soccer ball (the “ballhandler”) is “onball”. (See “Onball Attacker“, “Movement Off-The-Ball” & “Creating Space“).

Soccer Movement Off-The-Ball

This is a key concept & one of the most important things you can teach. Movement Off-The-Ball is important on both offense AND defense and is critical to support and good teamwork. It is the key to “off-the-ball attacking”. On offense, “movement
off-the-ball” refers to the movement by the ballhandler’s soccer teammates (the ballhandler is “onball”). The 2 types of movement off-the-ball which all coaches can teach soccer players U-10 & older are: having attackers stay a pass apart, and having receivers move away from the ballhandler as he approaches them in order to create space (i.e., so they are a pass apart). (See “Creating Space“, “Off-The-Ball“, “Third Man Running“, “Support” & “Diagonal Run”). I strongly recommend you teach “Passing to Space” and “Aggressive Receiving” — Passing to Space is easier for beginning soccer players and will result in much better soccer ball movement, better soccer ball possession, use of Open Space and “field vision”. Aggressive Receiving is a better way to teach receiving and will result in a big improvement in your soccer players and their ability to retain the soccer ball.

Soccer Diagonal Run

A Diagonal Run is a soccer run by an “off-the-ball” attacker across the soccer field with some forward movement (not a “square” or “flat” run, but a diagonal run). This type of run can be more beneficial for advanced teams than straight-ahead runs, because it’s harder to defend and can distract defenders or pull them out of soccer position. On the other hand, it will only work if the passer is able to “see” the opportunity, understands where to pass and can execute the pass, so it will only work for advanced soccer teams. A Diagonal Soccer Run makes it easier for the runner to stay in an onside position while also making a run that confuses or distracts the defenders and it also allows for space to be created for a second and third run. Defenders may be confused and pulled out of soccer position by a Diagonal Run, which could leave “gaps” and open spaces for teammates to attack. Once one player makes a Diagonal Run, it opens up opportunities for more runs by his teammates. These multiple runs can create scoring opportunities, and they start with the Diagonal Run which confuses or distracts the defenders and, hopefully, pulls them out of soccer position.

Soccer Commit The Defender

A misdirection soccer play such as a feint, a wall pass or an “off- the- ball” or “onball” run that causes the defender to commit in a direction that is advantageous to the attacking team. Another way to commit the defender is for the soccer ballhandler to dribble toward him & then pass the ball at the last second when it is too late for the defender to guard the soccer receiver.

Soccer Blind Side Run

When a soccer attacker without the ball (i.e., “off the ball”) runs outside a soccer defender’s field of vision in order to get open to receive a soccer pass. On a “give & go” the receiver often makes a “blind side run” behind the soccer defender. (See “Give & Go“).

Soccer Attacking

(aka “Offense”). When a soccer team has the soccer ball they are generally referred to as “attacking”, no matter where the ball is on the soccer field. There are 2 different styles of soccer attacking: a direct soccer attack and an “indirect soccer attack. A direct attack tries to move the ball quickly into scoring range by using mostly forward soccer passes, through balls and breakaways. An indirect attack is slower and uses a lot of sideways or backward passes while searching for a weakness in the defense. Unless your team is very skilled and has excellent passing ability a direct soccer attack will work best. (See “Styles of Play” for more details). Creating soccer space is a very important part of attacking. There are 2 different ways to create space. One relies on the ballhandler (i.e., the soccer player “onball”) to create opportunities. The other way to create space is by movement off the soccer ball & relies on movement by players other than the ballhandler (i.e., players “off-the-ball”) to create space & to create opportunities. (See “Soccer Attacking Plan“, “Soccer Attacking Third“, “Create“, “Soccer Dribbling“, “Go To Soccer Goal“, “Soccer Kick-Off“, “Pass To Space“, “Shift & Sag – Soccer“, “Strength On The Ball“, “Through Ball“, “Push Up“, “Build An Attack From The Back“, “Center The Ball“, “Coaching Rules“, “Commit The Defender“, “Counterattack“, “Creating Space“, “Cross The Ball“, “Defending to Win“, “Direct Attack“, “Finish“, “First Attacker“, “Soccer Formations“, “Soccer Goal Kick“, “Movement Off The Soccer Ball“, “Soccer Possession Style“, “Rebound“, “Release“, “Spread The Soccer Field“, “Styles of Soccer Play“, “Soccer Support“, “Switch The Soccer Play“, “Soccer – When to Dribble/When to Pass“, “Width In Soccer Attack“, “Win The Soccer Ball“.