Your self-development soccer transitions should cover not just the soccer field as divided into 3 parts - defensive, middle and offensive - but also the 2 goal areas. During our days we were very aware of the 5 areas of the soccer field. When you are keenly aware of the 5 areas of your soccer field, your positive contribution to team results can be seen in your high Individual alertness, speed and accuracy in your transitions on the field of play. Your transitions are sharpened by your personal skills of alertness, speed and accuracy to seize opportunities and be the first on ball possession.
During our youth soccer situations, we were guided by a simple principle: "If you don't score, you will be scored". That is, it did not matter how many goals your opponent scored. If you scored more you won! Period! Use this principle and you will always win. Of course, defend!
When you are in defensive activity you need to clarify to yourself whether you are defending in the offensive mindset or totally defensive mindset. The question is where do you defend best? Do you defend in the opponent's half or in your own half or do you first defend in your mind. Your approach and success depends on your self-development soccer transitions is first in your mind between the defensive, middle and offensive. Once you settle this in your mind, then your swift action will follow almost automatically in real time.
Now, let's see how you can apply the concept of managing transitions to your soccer defensive, middle and offensive situations. When you hold the ball in your own half are you offensive minded or totally defensive minded? If you are offensive minded then you will play that ball with an offensive attitude, say quickly pass accurately or tightly hold ball possession to protect your own goal area. Or you could force a tackle fault from your opponent, because your team owns the ball and no one will take it from you. This demonstrates your effective use of self-development soccer transitions.
Your resolute offensive attitude - own the ball. Your potent self-development managing transitions in the complete soccer field (note: opens in a new window) causes you to have complete ownership of the ball in your own goal area, defensive, middle, offensive and opponents goal areas. You surely can't just easily give
away the ball because you maybe punished by your opponent scoring
against your goal keeper. You have to display a high level of development in alertness, accuracy, speed, mental and physical power as well as supremacy. Your first step is to master the all important basics of soccer.
As you watch any match, you will notice how an unnecessary or careless pass results in a punishment, almost always, with a goal against your team reflecting little application in your self-development soccer transitions. This is the crux of managing your transitions from defense to middle and finally to offensive. Even if you posses the ball, as long as you are not offensive minded, you remain defensive minded.
An offensive mind is one that says this ball must get into the opponents
goal posts, no matter what! I will make sure this happens. This is the greatest work you will ever do in the field of play - maintaining
the offensive attitude and using your offensive attitude to produce goals, and ultimately your deserved victory.
As you possess the ball, you shift to construct an offensive against your opponent defense and goal area from your own middle field. Your attitude becomes more offensive because you are alert that while you move into your middle-field area you do not suffer ball dispossession, by interception through your own poor or careless passes or opponents positional intelligence, man-to-man marking or sheer physical and tactical prowess. But you should utilize your own individual and team collaboration tactics to outmaneuver your opponent in the middle field.
When you have successfully transitioned by passing the ball to one of your middle-field players and he successfully received the ball then you have successfully managed to transition from your defense area to your middle field area with ball possession. Your high self-development soccer transitions mean that all your 11 players on the field are all individually and collectively more offensive minded than defensive minded which translates to a team offensive collaboration and cooperation action.
A meaningful transition to your opponents goal area should result in a goal, irrespective of the ratio between your team's players and your opponent's team players. When you must score, then you must score!
You have to carry out your middle field to offensive transition in a higher individual and team identity, regulation, and awareness of the goal mouth that also transitions your defensive energy of all players to full offensive energy in preparation for your goal scoring opportunities. Your transition from offensive to goal is manifested in your individual and collective collaboration in sizing and fully exploiting the best goal scoring opportunity to realize the goal, including capitalizing on the mistakes of your opponents who are now under pressure.
Seeing the ball inside your opponents goal area or post means visualizing the ball moving from your opponents goal to the center of the field for a restart. This is an instance of self-development soccer transitions potent use. Celebrate your team's goal. You have now concluded your offensive when the referee is getting ready to restart the match from center spot, otherwise you maybe chasing a counter attack, which you do not at all desire. Winning is starting your game and ending your with an offensive mindset.
Do you know that your team's success is proof of your high individual self-development in managing your transitions on and off the soccer field?
Do you now realize you have to defend in the offensive mindset?
Do you now have a better view on how you can apply managing transitions to get good or even excellent results?
When you posses the ball, do you really play like you own the ball?
Can you develop an attitude of avoiding your uncalled for mistakes in that may lead your team to be punished?
Are you able to leverage your offensive mind by acting in the offensive?
Can you sustain your offensive mind-set so that you always have an alert mind?
Do you realize the importance of succeeding by managing your middle field transition?
Do you see, now, how you can launch your final offensive?
Do you celebrate your team's triumph as your triumph also?
If you said yes to any of the above questions it would be a good time to pause and reflect on what you can do to sharpen your response ability in that area. If you would like to here from us when more articles become available feel free to send us your message on our contact us page or go directly to our What's New! page.
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