Offensive Soccer Tips In The Attacking Third

Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders

 

 

 

 

 

Offensive soccer tips in the attacking third and putting pressure on the defense is what every coach

hunts for as they watch game film. With Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan roaming the MLS, there

is no shortage of great offensive soccer brewing here in the states. Some key tips to watch for in these

MLS game film clips are watching for simple basic shots not being over powering however the shots are

kept on frame so they have a chance to score. Deflections happen, direct free kicks are stroked not over

shot, and head balls are directed downward to keep the angle tougher for the goal keeper. When

chipping the balls from the wings, shoot to keep the ball between the 6yd line and the 14yd pk spot,

that’s a deadly zone for head ball goals with power. Watch these MLS pro’s and get your own offensive

soccer tips in the attacking third. See Landon Donovan put on a clinic with a hat trick of his own. [Read more…]

Teaching Players Head Ball Goals

Head ball goal NY Red Bulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching players head ball goals and how to keep the ball on frame. Many coaches know that

teaching players to head the ball downward helps in limiting balls going over the goal post.

This gives the ball a chance that the goalie might miss it and slip into the back of the net.

With the pace of the crossed ball, many times you really only need to redirect the ball not trying

increase the speed, just change the angle of the shot. Watching MLS matches, you will see pro

players trying just to redirect a cross with a flick of the head. The whole focus on any drill about

heading should result on forcing the ball lower towards the ground and a higher percentage of scoring.

Teaching players head ball goal techniques will put more goals per season on any club. [Read more…]

What Are The Most Successful Corner Kicks ?

Corner Kick Spacing

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Are The Most Successful Corner Kicks ? Over 30 years of experience here at The Soccer Info

staff, it’s the ball chipped in between the penalty spot and the 6 yard goal kick line that creates the

most goals. Please stop playing the ball on a short pass to another teammate near the corner! That

play rarely ever gets any results and that strategy ends up playing into the defense’s hand. The best

play is to get a well paced chip pass just in front of the goal. Making the goalie to decide to come off

his line or to let his defenders clear the challenge. After watching 100’s of head ball goals, most come

from about 8 to 12 yards from the goal mouth, and is headed by an offensive player on the move.

Having players on the offense start 16 to 18 yards away, then run towards the flight of the in-swing chip,

this momentum gets the best results on strong head ball goals. Plus if the ball is chipped to deep past

the goal, always try to head the ball back to the middle again, that will give more  shot at goal.

One of the biggest challenges is having too many offensive players in the same area, spread out!

Covering all potential areas the ball could bounce to, gives your team coverage in keeping the ball in

his dangerous offensive chance to score. Please don’t play the ball short, give it chance to score,

lob it in! It’s your highest chance to score, put the ball into danger, use your advantage. [Read more…]

LA Galaxy 2012 MLS Champions For The 4th Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA Galaxy 2012 MLS Champions for the 4th time, beating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Dec. 1st.

David Beckham gets to go out a Champion as this was his last game for the Galaxy. Talk is brewing

about Landon Donovan may move on and play elsewhere next year, some say. However after going

down 1-0 in the 44th minute to Calen Carr’s goal just before half time, the LA Galaxy flexed their

championship metal and put 3 goals together in the second half. Omar Gonzalez got a header in the

60th minute to tie the match and bring the momentum back to LA, and opened up the press the Galaxy

kept up on the Dynamo. Donovan got a penalty kick at the 65th minute, and Robbie Keane got a PK at

the 94th minute to close out the match. The Galaxy had the 7th to 8th best record in the MLS in 2012,

but once again, if you can get into the playoffs, you can win it ALL.

With Four Championship Cups, LA Galaxy are Kings another year. [Read more…]

US Mens Soccer Team Wins One Behind Eddie Johnson’s Head

 

 

 

 

 

US Mens Soccer Team Wins One Behind Eddie Johnson’s Head

Eddie Johnson wins one for USA in being in the right place at the right time and finishing 2 big goals.

Team USA needed this match to stay in the hunt for the World Cup in 2014. With a head ball in the

20th minute and one in the 90th minute, Eddie Johnson showed every young soccer play how to

properly head a ball for a goal. What a clinic Mr. Johnson put on with great space awareness and how

to keep the ball down as you head it on the goal for a huge score. Here is some behind the scenes with Team USA. [Read more…]

Heading The Soccer Ball For Youth Soccer Players

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading The Soccer Ball For Youth Soccer Players, Do’s And Don’t’s Discussion.
Some youth soccer leagues are now looking at banning heading the soccer ball in their organizations.

The concussion stat’s are growing in this field of study, and more programs have to look at it in the

youth players across the country. Many drills teach the right technique in attacking the ball with your

forehead, however my youth players can hit the ball with different parts of the head. Some products have

helped in reducing the impact of the ball on the forehead, but it doesn’t help much when some youth hit

the ball on the very top of their head. Do you think your youth organization might want to consider this
new rule also??? [Read more…]

Two Consistent MLS Clubs Sporting KC And Seattle Sounders

 

 

 

 

 

Feddy Montero with a hat trick makes Chivas USA wondering how to cover him. Seattle Sounders in

the top 3 of the Western Division in the MLS, and running hot for the playoffs. Chivas USA had no

defense in this match and a 6-2 thumping came from the Sounders club. Another club playing

consistent soccer in Kansas City KS. The Sporting KC fan base should be proud of their first place club

as the take care of DC United in a tight match. Teal Bunbury gets a great head ball goal in the 13th min.

to set the stage for Sporting KC. Then a defensive error in the 23rd minute puts DC United complaints

of Nick Deleon for a United tie game. In the 62 minute Zusi of Sporting KC seals the deal and 3 points. [Read more…]

Chicago Fire Red Hot Moving Towards Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Fire are hot right now, with two victories in Sept., that 6 points puts them in 2nd place in the

Eastern Division. Beating the Houston Dynamo in early Sept. by a 3-1 score, they putting the heat

on the East soccer teams. With Marco Pappa gone and others team members moving on, Coach Frank

Klopas has the Fire hitting on all cylinders. Toronto FC got down quick to the red hot Chicago FC giving

up 2 goals in the first half of their match acouple days ago. The Fire almost had another shutout, but

one defensive lapse gave up the clean sheet to this Canadian FC, the 3 points still went to Chicago. [Read more…]

Did The USA Women’s Team Win Gold ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask Carli Lloyd how that GOLD medal feels around her neck !  Two goals from Lloyd and USA WINS

Redemption was the word going into the Gold Medal match between Team USA and Japan. In front

of 80,000 plus at Wembley Stadium, the US team went up 2 to nill and coasted to a 2-1 victory, making

it a 3 peat on Gold medals for Team USA. Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe,

Heather O’Reilly, Kelley O’Hara, Tobin Heath and Sydney Leroux all helped in giving Captain Christie

Rampone retirement party she’ll never forget and now her 4th Olympic Medal. Watch all the goals in

links above.  Also watch this video from the day before the game for Gold.

Way To Go USA Women, You Are The Best !!! [Read more…]

Olympic Soccer 2012 USA Beats Canada to Meet Japan For The Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Morgan saves the day in the last minute of overtime play, by heading home a goal heard round the

world. After 121 minutes of play and a back n forth goal trading game, Heather O’Reilly crossed a ball to

the middle of the box, where Morgan headed the ball into the upper corner and the women burst into

excitement. Played at Old Trafford stadium, this match ends 4-3 after Canada had led most the way.

Morgan’s last second goal saved the US team from having to go to penalty kicks to decide the winner,

but now can play for GOLD vs Japan 8-9-12. Click here to see the video of the goal by Morgan. [Read more…]