Soccer Skills:

Defending

Tackling is the core skill when it comes to defending, which involves regaining possession of the ball for your team – or at least interrupting possession so your team can recover and help defend. Excellent defending and tackling takes patience, courage, strength and determination. Generally speaking, there are two types of tackling: tackling for possession and tackling to disposess. The difference between the two is the intent. One uses a tackle to win the ball back while the other tackle simply aims to interrupt the flow of play and perhaps poking the ball to a fellow defender for them to gain possession.

Excellent defensive posture needs to be emphasized: knees bent, eyes on the ball, 45 degree angle. Without good technical posture, defending is more difficult.

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Multiple Goal Chaos

Goal Chaos is a high-energy game that can be used to conclude a training session. Depending on coaching emphasis, passing, receiving, 1v1 dribbling and man defending can all be the focus of this session.

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Awkward Silence

Awkward Silence is a drill designed to demonstrate the importance of communication on the field.  By combining the "Silence" game with the game of Soccer you as a coach can finally have peace and quiet...momentarily.

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