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 Drills for Soccer: The Truth About Game Strategy 
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Drills for Soccer: The Truth About Game Strategy
by: Andre Botelho

You must be aware that defense is the foundation of any soccer game and the drills for soccer should also teach them to conquer the opposite team’s defense.

Some coaches tend to teach their players to play either defense or offense. Right kind of soccer drills teach all players defense when the ball is with the opponent and offence when it is with them.

Players should immediately go after the ball once they've lost it. The one who's lost the ball should be the first to go after it. Since he is the closest, it’s imperative that he is able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent who now has the ball. Putting a lot of pressure on this player will lead him to making a bad pass or losing the ownership of the ball.

Ensure that in soccer practice, when a player is running behind a opponent who has the ball, the remaining players can back him up. His entry into your goal area should be postponed as much as possible.

Center of the field is a critical region. So make you drills for soccer in a fashion that forces the rival team member with the ball to progress towards the touchline. As a result, the player’s strategy to move about in various directions along with his capacity to pass the ball will be impacted.

It’s the arc of concentration where record number of goals is scored and is also the most hazardous. This arc is in the face of the goal. It begins from the corner post of the goal right through to the corner of the goal box and then squeezes out to the touchline. Hence, train the players with a lot of soccer exercises so they can work the ball outside this area as the opposition is most likely to score a goal here.

When it comes to protecting, maintaining a balance is crucial to success. Over here, the players who are closest to the ball play tight. This means that they stay as close to the ball as possible. Players that are far away from the ball play lose. This means they place themselves at a position which covers all possibilities in a specific area and not just a single player.

Your team will be able to control the game when they have the ball. To do this, steal the ball away from your opposition as fast as possible. A whole lot of coaches mistakenly allow the players to control the ball. This means to move with the ball without letting the opponent know and taking it away from him.

If they miss the ball here, they will be back to the ground and opponents would attack the goal.

So include these tips in your drills for soccer so that your players get more adapted to playing a defensive game. Become a member of our youth soccer coaching community and gain knowledge, tips, articles, newsletters, videos from the world of soccer.

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