Learning how to play offense in soccer requires a wide range of skill that must be developed with effective training. A good offensive player is someone who can coordinate well with others and use his individual skills for the benefit of the team. The best offense is one in which there is great understanding between teammates and what each player is capable of.
To learn how to play offense you will need:
- Soccer ball
- Soccer cleats
- An open field
- Training cones
- Learn to pass quickly and effectively with your teammates. The foundation of soccer is based upon learning to pass the ball with your teammates and keeping the movement of play in your favor. Begin with simple ground passes alternating each foot and progress to passing the ball across greater distances in the air. Practice keeping the ball in the air with your teammates will also help you develop understanding and trust as a team.
- Practice on improving your individual skills in combination with your teammates. If you do not have great pace, practice running drills with a teammate that involve passing the ball down a field continuously. Another great practice tool to improve ball control involves tying rubber waist bands between two or more players and having them work in unison with the ball. Placing cones across the field will also provide unpredictable paths to help you and your teammates learn to adapt beyond predictable patterns and improve overall dexterity.
- Learn to play your individual position according to what your team's offensive play requires. A midfielder will often need to make high passes across the field of play as well as shooting from a distance. A defender will need to have a great ability to head the ball as most of their goals come from set piece plays in which a free kick or corner is played into the air in front of an opponent's goal. Strikers must have great pace and ball control as well as the ability to shoot from difficult angles.
- Learn the strengths of each of your teammates and learn to use them. If a certain teammate is particularly quick, make sure to provide him with plenty of passes that will allow him to run at the defense. If a certain teammate has a great ability to pass the ball, make sure to feed him the ball when transitioning from defense to offense. Learning to use these strengths will eventually develop the team play necessary to score goals and win matches.
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