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Excerpts — Attacking Soccer

The Team Possession Drill

Purpose: Identifying top 5v2 players and potential playmakers. Organization: Set up a 10- × 10-yard (9 × 9 m) grid. There are seven total players, with five attackers and two defenders.

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Shooting and Finishing

What is the difference between shooting and finishing? Let’s look at it this way - a player can shoot the ball well but may not necessarily be a good finisher. I was fortunate during my playing career to have played with some great finishers. I also played with some players who were hard shooters but not necessarily good finishers.

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Direct and Indirect Free Kicks

Set pieces are a critical part of the modern game of soccer. Interestingly, they occur more frequently in the biggest matches, where emotions run high and there’s a tremendous amount of energy within the players on the field. For this reason, organization in both attack and defense in set pieces is important.

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