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Posted 07/08/2007 15:15:24
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Wayne,

I think it is great that you have taught the offside trap at a young age. I coach an u-12 team as well and the offside trap has been a big help in many games. My U-12 have the offside trap down to a sience. I do agree though playing against two fast strikers you might want to drop your defense a bit. Expect the long ball. Placing a 5th defender you are playing for a tie or loss. Thanks for listening.

Ian

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Posted 17/10/2007 08:56:52


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Hi Guys, forgive me for this is my first post on this forum, but I suggest some thing I tried with my under 16’s with regards to super fast attacking force.

 

The majority of my lads this is there first season at competitive football this weekend just gone, we came up against the top of the table, historically these opponents where winning every thing. Knowing our defence was a problem I set up my training session to try and address the problem.

 

I placed 9 cones in half the pitch indicating the ideal position in a typical 1-4-1-4 with a strong defender sat just in front of my defence with the midfield sat 5 yards from the half way line with a lone striker sat in the opponents half.

 

I place each player on a cone and instructed them with two simple rules 1. never dive in ,i.e hold up the attacking player, 2. players may go as far as his neighbouring cone but not beyond it, defend in pairs with the rear line looking for runners and cover the gaps created by the movement of the midfield

 

Positioning is every thing:

 

The remaining squad members (plus my striker)  where given free reign to attack this defending line up however they wished. Needless to say in training the attacking force could not penetrate the 9 man defensive line.

 

I took this system into the game on Sunday and we held the team 3 – 3 needless to say I have a very fast striker who scored on counter attacks  

 

The system gives no room for the opponents strikers to run on to the ball, not nice football but it did the job.

 

On a final note it did give me the opportunity to review the team defensive technique and it highlighted very clearly the need for the team to defend as a unit and areas in need of practise.

 

Sorry if my explanation is not clear, set it up in training and give it a go it lets you watch your lads defend which will clearly indicate any weakness

 

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x = cones..... defender just beyound the 18 yard box, midfield 5 yards from the half way line

 

 

 

Martin ..........................................................................

http://bradfordtigersfc.co.uk

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Posted 17/10/2007 19:11:57
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Heading the keepers kick: It will come, my lads were exactly the same. We worked on all sorts of heading drills but the height and speed in a game threw them. So we worked on NOT letting it bounce which eased them into heading. Play volleyball only using feet, thinghs, chest and head (use a goal as the 'net' and they quickly become confident at preventing the bounce.
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Posted 21/10/2007 20:22:18
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I MANAGED A YOUTH TEAM FROM AGE 9 FOR THREE YEARS, TO GET THE TEAM DEFENDING CORRECTLY WE TOLD THE CENTRE BACK TO ALWAYS LOOK AT THE POSITION MY OTHER COACH ON THE SIDELINE, THE BOYS SOON GOT TO KNOW WERE THEY SHOULD BE BY LOOKING ACROSS THE LINE.

IT MIGHT HELP.

ur best 11 players may not be ur best team

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Posted 07/12/2007 14:01:40
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If a change of tactics is too much to handle then teaching the midfield to cut off the supply is the next bit.  The opposition midfield should not have the time to launch a longball upfield and over your defenders, also looks like the defence is leaving to large a gap and the keeper is still on his line.....  Have the defenders drop a little deeper and the keeper off the line to clean up any over the top balls.

Cheers

Coach Sandy
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Posted 30/01/2008 07:20:48
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hi,

my opinion regarding your questions about your team's defensive problems. unable to mark fast attackers, unable to stop the penetrative passes into danger area, difficulties to hold a defensive offside line, or even defensive high ball technique, and lack of patience, commited too early.. 

if you cant solve these SIMPLE problems. you're actually wasting your players times.. sorry to said that. BECAUSE defence is the most easiest area to train in soccer compare to other part of soccer..

no formation and tactical play can overcome players inabilities. technical skill, tactical understanding can help. you the coach work on it.

below is my opinion: 

1 ) individual defending technique and skill.

2 ) group defending.

3 ) defending block in different third of the field and as a team in the game.

4 ) defending set-play.

5 ) style of defence.

steven

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Posted 13/05/2010 18:57:43
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(sorry for the 3-year old reply).

Our challenge in implementing the offside trap is that we play (Over 40) in a league with a single ref.  We run the risk, especially with fast strikers), of leaving them offside but then not having it called. An extra headstart for speedy players.

Any thoughts there?  Only real solution I can think of is to have a flat-four and make sure everyone is ready to sprint back on D should any long balls go over our heads.

Bob
Boston, MA USA
Over-40 League Player

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Posted 19/05/2010 20:19:52
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Relying on the Offside trap can be a dangerous solution. You may want to think about dropping into a 5-4-1 (your wingers will have to play high up the pitch and work hard on both sides - defence and offence). That way you can shift one of your defenders into a sweeper position. The two central defenders above him can man mark the two "speedy" strikers, this will leave the sweeper free to help out on any loose balls and close down attacks from the opposition.

The offside trap is a difficult tactic to implement, especially at such a young age. You may also want to check out these helpful articles on Soccer Defending.

Hope this helps, and good luck with the season.

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Posted 03/11/2010 23:58:39
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How do you practice the offsides trap? Do the teammates communicate to eachother before running it during a game?
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