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Skills and Tactics

Instructions on how to practice and develop all the most important individual skills for each position on the soccer field. This also includes guides for offensive and defensive gameplans.


What is Tiki-Taka?
Both Spain and Barcelona are famous for playing a brand of soccer known as tiki-taka, a style of play based on short passing and movement.

One-On-One Striker Tips
Tips for strikers in a one-on-one soccer situation.

Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.

The Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.

Catenaccio
Catenaccio was a form of defensive soccer used primarily in the 1960s and 70s.

Catenaccio
Catenaccio was a form of defensive soccer used primarily in the 1960s and 70s.

The Chelsea Formation
A look at the Chelsea formation employed by coach Andre Villas-Boas.

A Guide to Formations
While the quality of player at a coach’s disposal is the fundamental factor in how a team performs, what formation is played can also have a decisive influence on the course of a game.

Defensive Heading
Learning how to head the ball away from danger is a key skill for any player, not just a central defender.

How to Take a Shot
Shooting is one of the key skills in soccer as it is the most common way of scoring a goal. Learn how to shoot and add power to your strike.

The 4-2-3-1 Formation
The 4-2-3-1 formation came to prominence in Spain in the 1990s and early 2000s and is now used by many teams throughout the world.

The 5-3-2 Formation
The 5-3-2 formation was used heavily a few years ago, but most coaches in world soccer now opt for different formations.

How to Take a Throw In
An effective throw in can prove the springboard to a successful attacking move and is an important aspect in maintaining possession. Learn how to take a throw in.

Learn how to take a curling direct free kick
Free kicks are a valuable route to goal. Learn how to take a curling free kick with this step by step guide.

The 4-5-1 Formation
This 4-5-1 formation has been favored by European teams for years. Observers can regularly witness the formation being used in Champions League matches.

The 4-4-2 Formation
The 4-4-2 formation is one of the most commonly used in the world game.

Passing
One of the key elements of soccer is passing. Good passing leads to increased possession and a greater chance of victory in a match, because without the ball, how can you expect to score a goal? Here is some advice on good technique when passing the ball short or long.

How to do the Cristiano Ronaldo Step Over
Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo is famous for his step over trick. Read this step by step guide on how he does it.

Offensive Game Plan: The 4-3-3 Formation
The 4-3-3 formation is generally used by teams who like to attack and take the game to their opponents. If you have the right players to fill the formation, it can be difficult for the opposition to live with.

Defensive Gameplan: The Offside Trap
The offside trap consists of defenders stepping higher up the field at the right moment, leaving attackers in an offside position just before their teammates pick out a pass to them. Properly executed, the offside trap allows defenders to win the ball back without having to make so much as a tackle.

The First Touch
The first touch is arguably the most important skill in soccer. Without a good one, you won’t ever have the opportunities to use your other skills because a defender will have already closed in. While these tips won’t necessarily turn you into Cristiano Ronaldo, they will tell you what you should be looking to do every time the ball comes to you.

The BBC's Soccer Skills Page
A guide to soccer skills by the folks at the BBC.

Soccer Formations
A quick guide to the most popular formations on the field, with a list of pros and cons and teams that have successfully implemented them.

Soccer Drills
A selection of soccer drills to help with shooting, tacking, passing and other basic skills.

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