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Offsides

December 31, 2003 09:00 PM
 
The biggest reason to apply the offside tactic is to reacquire the ball. The defenders must attack the ball at the same time to stop any penetration passes. If the attacker tries to dribble through the pressure, the defenders should win the ball by sheer numbers. It is not recommended to execute this offside tactic high up in the defensive third, because the space is too great for the goalkeeper to control. So it is recommended to use it in the defensive third of the field only for the following:
Clearance of long balls and crosses into the central areas of the field. Clearing the ball into these areas allows the defending team to get imminent pressure on the ball with numbers because the distance for them to cover is shorter and there should already be a concentrated number of players in that area. The coach nneds to show the players that if the ball is cleared into wide positions it is not recommended to try to play offsides. Again, because of the lack of numbers in that area and the distance to cover to get there to apply pressure, by beating one defending player, the attacker can beat the whole team.
Clearance in central areas after a free kick or corner kick.
When a forward makes a back pass with the goal at her back. Immediate pressure on the backward pass is required. This will force the receiver to play quickly either forward or wide. This tactic is used to set the player who made the back pass offsides, because she will more than likely be ball-watching.
Article reprinted with permission from womenssoccer.com.
 

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