Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dribbling Drills, Cuts and Turns

Below are a few drills that you can try at home in the backyard. Those of you that were on my team last fall may remember these. These are all things that the kids can work on at home without needing a partner. The more they touch the ball the better they will get!

This firt one is a basic dribbling drill that is going to be fundamental. I'd love to see everyone work on these a little bit every day, and it's a drill that we'll be doing in practices:

These next few drills are highlighting some trick moves that you can use to beat your defender 1-on-1 with a quick move and dribble.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

8v8 Soccer Positions Explained: Midfielders

Moving up in the 8v8 3-3-1 formation, our next line is the midfielders. The three midfielder positions are left, center and right midfielder. The left and right midfielders are also commonly referred to as "wings" or "wingers".

The midfielder is the bridge between offense and defense, they bring the ball up to the forwards in attack and prevent the ball from reaching the defenders when not in possession. Without a solid midfield, it is very difficult for the forwards to score and the defense is often put at risk of the opponents’ attacks.

Let's break it down.