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Tips On Soccer Drills And Formations
by: Andre Botelho

Let's say you are told that there are soccer drills that integrate formations and therefore become the backbone of any training session. No matter how good your training techniques be, they’ll be useless if these drills are not apt for the players.

The term formation refers to the way the players are positioned on the field. The players can easily learn to respond to different situations on field when they are made to perform drills using the formations. Soccer training includes several formations a few of which have been discussed below.

Centering the ball: This involves kicking the ball from the side into the center of the field. This is without doubt one of the finest ways to get the ball into the arch of concentration. At this juncture, there has to be a correct balance between the player centering the ball and the remaining teammates. Centering of the ball is done on both sides of the field and is very easy to carry out.

As a coach, you must see that soccer drills highlight every single rule of offence, midfield, defense, and support. Therefore, the player with the ball will try to move it towards the outer region to the end line. It is possible to do this with the help of passing or dribbling. What’ critical here is to get close to the end line.

To safeguard the goal, the defense must disintegrate to make a line involving the person centering the ball and the goal. For this reason, your team must be competent to retain their formation for a long time and steal the ball when on defense.

It’s highly unlikely that the ball would go offside when it is centered form the end line or is quite close to the end line. The reason is that person actually receiving the ball is behind from where the kick originated.

Kickoff formations: Teams that have young players practice such soccer exercises that allow them to get to the center circle and kick the ball as hard as they can. This is their kickoff strategy. There are many advantages of kicking off the ball. Firstly, the ball reaches pretty close to the opponent’s goal. Second, the team only needs to cover a less area if the ball is kicked to the right or left side.

Then, it is easier to teach them to first kick and then take off. Although it’s a good idea to just kick off the ball, but I prefer a soccer practice where the players spin the ball forward to a teammate, move about the ball to the outer field, and then moving along the field towards the opponent's goal.

In this way, the team is in a better position to control the ball. Make sure to position the players in a suitable formation and start the formation as you would in any other drill. Remember that it's not an actual game. You are only helping the players to learn to play in different positions.

So move on, run the formation drill, end, modify, and execute the drill again. Carry on with these soccer drills till the time all the players have a hang of reacting properly and maintaining their positions.

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