Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Warm Up: Angled Support and Sideways On Positioning

Soccer is a sideways on sport -- players will have much more success when they are able to receive the ball at an angle. Being sideways on allows players, in advance of the ball, to be able to see peripherally advancing defenders.

This warm up is excellent for beginning to develop this sideways on aspect of receiving and passing the ball.

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Sideways on Soccer Vertical Corridor Exercise

Sideways on Soccer Vertical Corridor Exercise

This is an exercise where the field is divided into several vertical channels. Initially none of the players may leave the channel they are in. The most important condition is that the ball CANNOT be played forward to a team mate in the same channel. The ball must be played into an adjacent channel. This simple condition guarantees angled passes and sideways on reception.

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Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Brazilian Passing and Receiving Exercises - Sideways on Soccer

Having studied Brazilian soccer I have been impressed with two things; Their angled passing style of play and the sideways on aspect of their play. Their ability to disguise a pass by “front foot” passing These exercises are designed to incorporate each of these characteristics into our players.

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Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Soccer is a Sideways on Sport

Baseball, cricket, boxing and golf are all sideways on sports. Baseball players, cricketers and boxers are sideways on because they are one sided, right or left handed. This is not the only reason they are sideways on, however. Players have much less capacity to shift weight if they are flat footed and standing square. Shifting weight from back foot to front foot is one of the secrets to impact power. This is true of soccer players also but the reason we call this section “Sideways On” is because soccer is a 360 degree sport with high levels of activity going on all around the players and they need as wide a scope of vision as possible. Being sideways on gives soccer players the ability to see a comprehensive field of view and gives them many more choices than if they were facing the wrong way receiving a straight pass.

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