Soccer coaching kick off tips
Get your team to make the most of having the ball at kick-off. The best way to do this is to put pressure on with a clever pass. Use this soccer (football) drill to coach your young players to use tactics at kick off.
Key soccer coaching tips for putting pressure on at kick-offs
Be positive: go forward at kick-off
At kick off, coach your soccer (football) players to go forward – a player must sprint down the left side and the ball will be kicked to him.
In a match situation
I watched a game where this tactic was put into practice. When the game restarted after the first goal, the kick off began with a sprint down the left and a long ball going over the player’s head and out for a throw in.
The opposition was quickly put under pressure in the left corner. Their throw-in went to a defender who struggled with his first touch, allowing an attacker to take the ball from him and head for the goal.
The resulting shot missed, but you can see where the team using this soccer (football) kick-off tactic are coming from. I’m going to try that at our next match. I think you should too.
Key soccer coaching tip
Remember that fast passing and movement is essential for a quick breakaway.
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