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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare training sessions, season and development plans
  • game management
  • communication system
  • reports and statistics for teams and players
  • design tools to prepare own drills
  • information to parents
For the Player:
  • training better at home
  • being prepared for the training sessions
  • log book per season and accumulated
For the Management:
  • overview all coaching and training activities
  • field scheduling
  • equipment management
  • quality assurance
  • information system
Now also includes:
Readymade training sessions per age group
with selected favorite drills
Product upgrades are included in the price

Today's soccer skill

Defending - Defending around the box - attacks on the flanks
Below you will find one of the totally 156 soccer skills that are presented in the S2S tool.
In the ARCHIVE we have selected 50 of the most fundamental skills and drills for youth and grassroots.
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Demonstration practice
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Drill practices, Game practices and Practice at home, as well as more general coaching points ("Secrets").
One attacker runs with the ball on the flank and tries to create goal-scoring opportunities in various ways along with two team-mates in front of goal. Three defenders work together with the goalkeeper and try to intercept. One attack at a time. Swap over attack and defence, change flanks and allow different players to hit crosses.
Practise defending around your own box during attacks on the flanks.
Compete in the two teams. E.g. five attacks per go per team.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • The person with the ball will often move along the flank when attacking against you
  • In this case, first make sure that you fulfil the principles of defence
  • As a result, you can play methodically without becoming stressed
  • Play with relaxed muscles and concentrate
  • Pressure the person with the ball on the flank sufficiently hard that this person has difficulty crossing the ball at all
  • At least apply sufficient pressure that the person with the ball has difficulty hitting a good cross
  • The best way to do this is to move your team over towards the person with the ball
  • You can then give the pressuring player both cover and support
  • The other players primarily guard the finishing areas in front of goal
  • As a result, you can also mark your opponents in these areas
  • If the ball is on the flank, you can still see what is happening in front of goal and in the far-post area
  • The goalkeeper and the defenders close to goal can all play half facing towards the flank
  • As a result, you can look out onto the pitch more frequently
  • For this reason, avoid facing fully towards the flank and only look at the person with the ball
  • As your opponents are sure to try to run behind your back
  • Also take care of second phase balls and rebounds
  • Make sure that neither you nor your opponents are in the way of the goalkeeper
  • E.g. when the goalkeeper calls that he or she is going to come out and jump for a high ball
  • In this case, block opponents who are trying to get in the goalkeeper's way
  • Try to protect the goalkeeper when there is a risk of him/her being tackled by your opponents
  • E.g. block opponents who are about to tackle the goalkeeper during high crosses
  • Learn to do all of this according to the rules
  • Try to reach the ball in front of your nearest opponent during crosses and other balls in
  • If the goalkeeper comes out to take the ball, you must be prepared to cover the goal
  • The goalkeeper should know how your outfield players are going to act in various situations
  • He or she can then find his/her position in the goal more quickly and easily
  • This applies e.g. to the near-post area, which you have to help your goalkeeper to guard closely
  • Because it is good if the goalkeeper can remain near the centre of the goal for as long as possible
  • Finally, however, the goalkeeper will also have to move forwards towards the near-post
  • The defenders must then guard the far-post area extra carefully
  • Practise this co-operation in your team
  • All of this is made easier when the goal- keeper and the defenders communicate
  • Listen carefully to the goalkeeper
  • Allow e.g. the goalkeeper to take the ball when he or she has called that it is the goalkeeper's ball
  • The goalkeeper has to decide which balls he or she should try to take
  • Never ask the goalkeeper to come out and take a ball that he or she is unsure about
  • E.g. a good cross at high speed
  • If you are sure that you can reach a ball first, call e.g. your name loudly and clearly
  • Learn to recognise how to act around the box during attacks on the flanks