In youth soccer drills, the basis of a game is its defense and though I strongly believe in this, you may have your own opinions. Both sides in the game are said to have played best defensive soccer, when the score remains 0-0.

First is when an exceptional defense is demonstrated. The second feature is the ability of the offensive players to rise above the other team’s defense.

If your players are not able to get the ball, they'll not be able to score. Some coaches have a tendency to train their players in either defense or offense. But, a complete player is one who is skilled at playing defensive soccer when the other party has the ball and offensive soccer when he himself has the ball.

In youth soccer practice, players who let the ball go out of their possession should instantly go for the ball. The reason that this should be followed is that the player who has lost the possession is nearest to the ball. So, it’s necessary that this player puts pressure upon the other player who has the custody of the ball now.

This may also be seen as the player trying to get the ball back as soon as is possible. An added benefit is that the remaining team members would also get a chance to recover and take their defensive positions. In this way, the player from the opposite team who has the custody of the ball will not be able to run freely on the field.

You can teach the players these skills by demonstrating the following techniques.

Immediate chase: When this is effectively done in youth soccer drills, it puts pressure on the opponent from all the sides. And then what it leads to is lost possession of the ball or a bad pass.

Fall back and delay: This requires the remaining team members to fall back, and challenge the opponent with the ball and delay him or her from getting into their team's goal area.

As the most risky places on the field is the center, you must instruct your players to make the opponent run towards the touchline. This puts a restriction on the movement of that player to pass the ball as also the directions that he or she can travel to.

Arc of Concentration: In terms of scoring, the Arc of Concentration is the riskiest area. Most of the goals are scored by the players in the arc of concentration. So it becomes very important to teach the players in youth soccer coaching to learn to take the ball out of this area.

This arc is in the front of the goal. It sets out from one corner post of the goal all the way through the corner of the goal box and goes on to the touchline. With the ball inside this area, it is highly probable that a goal will be scored.

The above methods are the easiest and most effective in teaching players effective game strategies and youth soccer drills.

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Author's Bio: 

Andre Botelho is a recognized authority in Youth soccer drills and has already helped thousands of youth coaches to dramatically improve their coaching skills. To explode your players' skills and make training fun, download your free Youth Soccer Drills ebook at: Soccer Practice.