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Recreational Soccer

Principles of Play

BALL POSSESSION (can’t score without the ball)

ATTACK                                                                      DEFEND

1.  Penetration – players should                       1.  Delay – pressure on ball or drop off
         look to go forward with a shot,
         dribble or pass as their first option
2.  Support – be available for a pass,               2.  Cover – behind pressure on ball
         get open, proper                                                     proper distance and angle
          distance and angle
3.  Mobility – runs off the ball, diagonal,           3.  Balance – watch danger area
         checking, square                                                   away from ball
4.  Width – for crossing, stretch the                   4.  Concentration – in danger area
         defenders
5.  Improvisation – creativity in the right            5.  Control and restraint – no
         places on the field                                                  unneccesary yellow cards
6.  Finish – hit the target, no excuses                 6.  Quick counter – intelligent and
                                                                                             fast ideas

 To be a very good and great team, you must apply the Principles individually, in groups and as a team.


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