When you learn how to play soccer, the winning streak lies in playing aggressive.The simple formula that works in soccer is which team is stronger and faster.
Therefore, it is good that you learn all the skills, instincts and field vision, but at the same time, you must also learn how to bring aggression into your game.
Aggressive Play Is Very Important On Both Offense And Defense
Hustling and playing aggressively is very important. If you do not play that way, you are very much likely to lose to a team that is significantly more aggressive.
By aggressive play, I mean hustling. It means the players must not be afraid of making contact and “winning” the “50/50 balls.” “50/50 balls” are the loose balls that either team has an equal chance of winning.
If you are afraid of contact, it will be difficult for you to win these. The expert coach knows that the teams that wins most of the 50/50 balls and will usually win the game.
The coach should ensure that the defenders are tough and are not afraid of contact. If you have a player in the team who is afraid of contact, it is big disadvantage for you. If you play him or her at Fullback or Sweeper, get ready to give up many goals.
It is very critical for the coach to teach his players to not only be brave and unafraid of contact, but also to hustle and be aggressive about going to the ball and to win loose balls. However, it is also true that it is not an easy cake to teach the same.
Some players are naturally timid and many of them even consider rough or aggressive play a bad thing. They think that if they play aggressive, someone might get hurt.
Therefore, the coach needs to be well prepared with all his tools and methodologies when he is going to teach his players how to play soccer in an aggressive way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andre Botelho is a recognized authority on the subject of youth soccer coaching. His web site, Youth Soccer Drills and Tips, provides a wealth of informative articles, resources and drills for soccer coaches, parents and players.