Soccer Field Diagram - 3 Ways To Learn Soccer Positions

Published: 13th April 2010
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It's really upsetting to know that no soccer field diagrams are used by coaches for teaching various soccer formations. Or when they do, they fail to impress upon the kids the importance of 4 very crucial positions. These are Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders, and Goalie/goalkeeper. Let's individually talk about these.

Forwards: These are players who position themselves near the opposition's goal. Their role is to convert the passes into goals which they get from their fellow players on different positions. For this reason these players need to be the strongest since they shoot the maximum goals. Its significance is greatest even when they are just okay in other talents.

On the other hand, make it clear that the other players would go on moving about from one position to a further position. When forward players play in the middle, they are known as strikers and wings when near the touch lines. Yet, consistent with main role as forwards, they should be physically strong and have powerful shooting toes.

Mid-fielders: It's apparent from their name that these players play in the middle of the field. Their responsibility is to catch hold of the ball, and pass it to the forward players thus enabling them to score goals. Usually they are 5 to 6 such players. In the soccer field diagram, clearly identify their position.

The coach should focus on improving the tackling and dribbling abilities of the players. This is really instrumental in stealing the ball from the opposition and attacking the opposition. In addition, they should have a greater accuracy in passing the ball. These are highly strategic soccer positions on the field diagram.

Defenders: These players guard the goal from attacks and so are called defenders. As you can see, their position is vital. They are 3 to 5 in number and stay close to goal to avoid attacks.

Apart from this, their task is to collect the ball from the goalie and pass it to the players. An ability that is important to them is to kick the ball high to midfielders and so the coach must focus on this skill.

Goalie: This is the person who defends the goal post and never allows the attacks to convert to goals. When all other players are unsuccessful in defending the goal, the goalie must use his powers to subvert the attack.

Because the goalie can use his hands and the only one in the team allowed to do this, the coach should invent special soccer tactics, drills and exercises to make the most of it.

Now that you know this, design a soccer field diagram and then discuss it with your players. This will help them in appreciating the importance and requirements of every position. Our youth soccer coaching community contains a lot of informative articles, newsletters, and videos. Enroll today to make the most of them and rise in your coaching career.

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