How do I play football without balls

Game without the ball - theory and training exercises

Game without a ball - the place in the sun

We come to the topic of "Out of the shadows", namely that Cover shadow. In the game it looks like that a player keeps shouting “here” and cannot be played at all. There is an opponent between him and the player in possession of the ball. It cannot be played because it is in the cover shadow.

On Soccerdrills we explained the topic in detail in an article, with some animations for a better understanding: Cover shadow.

Players who are constantly in the shade will not take part in the game. Hung players who keep offering themselves and constantly escaping the cover shadow can be alluded to more often. As a result, you are more closely involved in the game.

Kick-off, change of direction, deception and kick-off movement when playing without the ball

These movements without the ball are all short and should be performed as quickly as possible. In training, it is important to ensure that these actions are not carried out carelessly, but are demanded again and again with high dynamics and in the passing game.

When starting without a ball, the player walks towards the face-off and thus demands the ball from the passer. He should get out of the covering shadow at an early stage. If the opponent is in the back, he starts against the ball and has a split second advantage.

The change of direction is already an illusion. The player runs backwards, for example, in order to then demand the ball in the forward movement. So it goes in all directions (sideways, diagonally) and several short changes of direction are possible in one action.

The opening movement is also an illusion. One step forwards, backwards or sideways and then an action follows in another direction. Take a step away from the passer and then take another step towards it.

These movements can be combined. In this way, a change of direction can take place after the start or the initial movement.

Start in free spaces without a ball

In order to start in free spaces, you have to recognize them first. This requires good orientation skills and quick reading of the game situation. The player suspects where a good face-off is possible and starts in this room. He anticipates and can then only hope that the pass will be made. The player in possession of the ball must also recognize the idea in order to then play the pass. Not easy and therefore the start in free spaces will often end without results. This is the dependency on the teammate, but the better the players know the routes of their teammates, the more often the pass is played into the room. The defensive complains that nobody offers to pass and the offensive complains that no passes come. The truth could lie in the middle: The defensive does not recognize the pass paths and the offensive moves too little.

The Anticipate also works on the defensive. There are players who are not particularly good tackles and still intercept passes over and over again. You can read the game and guess where the next pass is going.

Another example of anticipation: The older coaches will remember that there were times when the goalkeeper was allowed to pick up a back pass from a teammate with his hands. Gerd Müller (should be known) ran after every back pass and was almost always without a chance. When asked about it, he said that he runs ten times for nothing, but on the eleventh attempt the goalkeeper drops the ball.

Moving into open spaces usually means offering yourself in depth or demanding a vertical pass. Long, flat or high allusions follow, so the technical requirements are considerably higher. Once the opposing team has adopted their basic defensive order, there are spaces in the interfaces. If the opponent is still looking for the basic order, free spaces are much easier to find. In particular, the counter game can be much more successful if you start skilfully and take free space.