Principles of Play


The principles of play are the fundamental strategies that a team uses to effectively adapt to any tactical situation during a game. They consist of concepts that coaches use to focus their team’s objectives and to evaluate the performance of their players on the field.

The game of soccer can be broken down into basic tactical principles that players learn to “read” as they gain experience with the game. Understanding the basic principles of play also help coaches guide and appreciate the movement and decision-making of their players.

Young players should learn to apply the principles of play as a natural response to repeatedly experiencing typical game situations.

Click on the link below to view the Principles of Play (Attacking & Defending).

Principles of Play

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