What is a ‘False 9’ in Soccer? (Explained)

Throughout the history of soccer, tactical innovations have continually pushed the game forward as each generation of coaches has looked to gain an advantage over their opponents. While the ‘False 9’ has been used to great effect in recent years by Guardiola’s mesmerising Barcelona and Del Bosque’s Spain who won Euro 2012, the role surprisingly dates […]

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13 Soccer Coaching Lessons From Pep Guardiola

One of the greatest coaches to have ever graced the game, Pep Guardiola is renowned and revered for the beautiful soccer his teams’ play and his creative and innovative approach. There’s a lot aspiring coaches can learn from him! Famed for the possession-based soccer and off the ball pressing for which his teams are known, his Barcelona […]

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What is the Tiki-Taka Style of Soccer? (and How to Play It)

While you’re watching soccer on TV, you’ll almost certainly have heard the phrase “tiki-taka” used at some point. This usually occurs after one team strings together consecutive precise passes, weaving the ball around their opponents and giving themselves a great goal-scoring opportunity. Tiki-taka was largely made famous by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team of 2008 – 2012, who […]

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How to Defend in Soccer (9 Steps to Defend 1-on-1)

Knowing how to defend in soccer is an important skill no matter where you play out on the pitch. While defenders perform last-second sliding tackles to prevent a certain goal, midfielders and strikers must hassle, harry, and hound the opposition further up the field… Forcing them into a mistake and capitalising on errors to spring a counterattack. 1-on-1s […]

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