Coaching Offense in Youth Soccer
It's common knowledge that you have to score points to win the game, so developing your team's offense is an important part of your job as coach. There are four basics to keep in mind when working on offense. From these basics, you can create drills to practice these skills and incorporate them into games.
- The first basic of offense is trying to score, or finishing. Teach your players how to recognize shot opportunities and how to pass, dribble and shoot the ball with control to get it into the goal.
- Ensure your team keeps possession of the ball. The more you preserve control of the ball, the more control you have over the outcome of the game. Again, ball control is essential here, so dribbling and passing drills are important.
- Teach your players to think about ways to regain possession of the ball when they lose it -- this is also related to the defensive skills you teach. In soccer, midfielders will play both offensive and defensive roles, so teaching your players how to apply pressure and steal the ball will help keep it in your team's possession.
- Finally, let your players know that they can delay their opponent's offense by controlling the ball on the other end of the field [source: Expert Football]. The more time the ball spends on offense, the more control your team will have over the scoreboard and the more likely your team is to come out on top.
Now that your offense is in place, it's time to work on defense.