SOCCER POSITIONS, RESPONSIBILITES & RULES
- Organize defense before/as opponent is transitioning to offense and attacking.
- Keep defenders pushed up and offensively minded when we have the ball so you have space to win a a long ball played by the opponent.
- Your role will be similar to that of a sweeper – give support and depth; see entire field.
- Begin our offense with confidence and composure.
- Vision of entire field, and be vocal about what you see.
- Also a shot preventer, organize those in front of you to prevent shots from being taken.
- Demand entire team to step up when opponent passes ball back.
- Push up- if high pressure on ball, step. If low pressure on ball, give depth.
- If 1v1 contain and force, wait for recovery defender.
- Work closely with the sweeper on defense.
- Stay with a mark.
- Must drop back for the sweeper if the sweeper challenges.
- Support the center midfielder early.
- You will usually play between our defensive 18 and the center line.
- MARK, TRACK your player, never leave their side when they are on offense.
- Get out wide immediately when we are transitioning to offense.
- Cover and balance weak side defensively.
- Create opportunities for yourself offensively.
- Generally two touches or less, you are in one of the areas on the field where the other team will try to double early and often.
- Check to, layoff, change fields either with a turn or by laying it off to support underneath.
- Center circle is your domain: get in and out of it often and check to ball with integrity.
- Basically 50% offense and 50% defense.
OFFENSIVE CENTER MIDFIELD (withdrawn forward)
- Never a marking role, but should be aware of runs through by opponents backs or stopper, can help on D, but must be in good position to check to ball when we are beginning our attack.
- Look for 1-2’s (give-n-go), check to, layoff, spinoff with speed, others will play off your runs.
- Freedom to roam and check to any ball, keeping in mind our objectives.
- Must be able to keep possession, shield, turn beat players, frame and finish.
- 50% of the time take on defenders, 50% of the time use your teammates.
- Confidence to mix it up, creativity and ability to recover quickly if you make a mistake.
- Target for long balls into space, win and take players on or use others.
- Much of the time on sweeper, keeping them near their box and drawing him with you when you make a run in front of him.
- Your speed and decision making are deadly and will force the defender to lose confidence and second guess.
- Strive to be the hardest working player every practice and every game.
- Respect coaches, teammates, opponents, referees, and self.
- Trust teammates and earn their respect.
- Don’t step on the field unless you want the ball and want to create opportunities for others.
Let’s clear up three basic rules before you watch a game…
- HAND BALL
It is illegal if a player handles the ball deliberately(except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area). This means that it is NOT a foul for the ball just to touch a player’s hand. When a defender kicks the ball into a player’s hand or the ball bounces up and hits someone’s arm, or someone accidentally falls and their arm touches the ball, these are NOT fouls and should not be called but it is up to the referee to make the call.
An offside position is when the attacking player “is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second to last opponent.” It is NOT an offence to be in an offside position. It is only a penalty if “at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play.” It is up to the assistant referee (linesman) or referee to determine if the player was involved in the play and an offsides penalty should be called. Parents, coaches and players should NOT try to make these calls. There are no offsides on throw ins or corner kicks.
- BALL OUT OF BOUNDS
“The ball is out of play when it has WHOLLY crossed the touch line whether on the ground or in the air.” This means the WHOLE ball has to be TOTALLY over the touch line. A ball that touches the line or is on top of the line is NOT out of play. “A goal is scored when the WHOLE of the ball passes over the goal line.” It’s not a goal unless the WHOLE ball has passed over the goal line.