When you think in terms of lines soccer positions can be very easily understood.
Goalkeeper is the last soccer player back to defend the goal. The goalkeeper is the only player that can use his or her hands.
The goalkeeper also helps
organize defenders and the team as the goalkeeper has a very good
view of the soccer field.
The defenders are the next line of soccer players that play in front of the goalkeeper. The defenders primarily look to defend, but can attack as well.
Very important to get them into the soccer game when the team has possession of the soccer ball.
The midfield is the next line that plays in front of the defenders and behind the forwards. Midfielders do a lot of hard work between the forwards and the defenders...the engine of the team.
They have to get back and defend
but also go forward and look to help out in attack. Some midfielders are
attacking minded and some are more defensive minded. They can also be very good goal scorers.
The forwards/strikers are the next line and do a lot of the goal scoring. Forwards are the first line of defense if the other team's defenders have the ball.
Coaching tip: Young players should not be pigeon holed into the positions too soon. They should play on the field in different positions and in goal. The players will learn more about the game this way.
Most likely young players will start out playing 3v3 or 4v4, so there will be no goal keeping.
Once they start playing 6v6, 8v8 or 11v11 there will be a need for goalkeeper training.
Attributes of a goalkeeper
A good goalkeeper can really keep you in the game...
The mentality of a defender is to win the ball and stop forwards from scoring. It takes time to develop these skills to become a good defender.
The attributes of a good defender is the player...
Some kids do very well with this soccer position and others are more attack minded...so are suited for midfield or forward roles.
Most kids will figure out what they like to play as they move up the ranks.
The Midfield soccer player is the heart and sole of the team and normally does the work to defend when the team loses the ball and gets the ball forward to help in the attack.
The attributes of a good midfield player are that they are good all around players.
Forwards come in different sizes and shapes. You have the target players - big forwards that can hold the ball up, fast forwards that blow past people and you have the tricky, creative forwards who can beat people on the dribble.
Attributes of a good forward are...
This quality really helps if the soccer player does become a midfielder or defender because it teaches them how to be attack minded in the game of soccer.
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