Introduction to Football (Soccer) Tactics
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Introduction to Football (Soccer) Tactics

Gain a deeper understanding of the world of football with this guide to the basic principles of football tactics.
4.6 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
76 students enrolled
Created by Mahmood Haddara
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify common tactics in football matches
  • Understand the inherent advantages and disadvantages of certain systems
  • Effectively critique team performances from a tactical standpoint
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Requirements
  • You should be familiar with basic elements of football, such as positions and formations.
Description

It is one thing to admire and enjoy a beautiful piece of work, but it is another thing altogether to understand the finer intricacies of what makes that thing beautiful. If you enjoy the game of football, but want to truly understand it on a deeper level, then this is the course for you. Through a mixture of theoretical tactics board lessons and practical analysis of clips from real football matches, this course will give you an introduction to the world of tactics. While not operating at too basic of a level, but at the same time not going into areas too complex, this course is perfect for students with an basic knowledge of a football and a desire to learn more.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who have an avid interest in the game of football, and a desire to gain a deeper understanding of it.
  • This course is designed for people with a basic understanding of the game of football, but nothing more.
  • Although the course will begin at a relatively basic level, it will quickly advance, such that even those with an extensive knowledge of the game will be able to benefit.
  • This course is not designed for those who think we're talking about the game with a brown egg and men in tights, nor professional football managers.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 03:29:38
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Introduction
1 Lecture 03:40

Brief introduction to course and outline of ccurriculum.

Preview 03:40
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Formations
5 Lectures 01:10:22

Overview of different systems that use the back four. Students will learn where the back four is strong, where it is weak, and how to approach an opposing team using a back four.

The Back Four: 4-4-2 and 4-3-3
16:48

Overview of different systems that use the back three. Students will learn where the back three is strong, where it is weak, and how to approach an opposing team using a back three.

The Back Three: 3-5-2 and 3-4-3
18:17

Learn the different shapes that a midfield can be set up in, and the advantages of each one,

Midfield Duos and Trios
14:22

Learn the differences between playing with a strike partenrship or a lone striker, as well as the tactical edge given by a false nine.

Strike Partnerships, Lone Strikers, and False Nines
18:05

A clip that highlights some of the concepts taught in this section.

Preview 02:50

Formations Quiz
5 questions
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Play Styles
5 Lectures 01:12:11

Learn the defensive strategy of sitting deep, conceding space, and in its extreme mode, parking the bus.

Parking the Bus
16:55

Learn the attacking strategy of counter attacking, when to use it, and which players are needed in a system that uses it,

Counter Attacking
17:26

Learn the attacking strategy of posession, when to use it, and which players are needed in a system that uses it,

Possession Football
15:12

Learn the defensive strategy of pressing, common ways teams who press can be exposed, and the players needed to succesfully use it.

Pressing
19:30

An example clip that highlights some of the concepts taught in this section.

Section 3 Example Clip
03:08

Play Styles Quiz
5 questions
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Roles
5 Lectures 50:25

Learn the role of the pivot in different systems, in attacking and defensive phases.

The Pivot
15:47

Learn the roles of inside forwards as opposed to true wingers, and when to use each one.

Attackers: True Wingers and Inside Forwards
14:11

Learn the roles of players that play within the lines, like number tens and false nines, and the traits needed in players that perform these roles.

Creators: Number Tens and False Nines
13:14

An example clip that highlights some of the concepts covered thus far in the course.

Example Clip 3
02:40

An example clip that highlights some of the concepts covered thus far in the course.

Preview 04:33

Roles Quiz
5 questions
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:00

Review of the entire course, and a description of the final project.

Review and Final Project
13 pages
About the Instructor
Mahmood Haddara
4.6 Average rating
13 Reviews
76 Students
1 Course
Football Writer

Mahmood is a passionate lover of the game of football, and has been heavily involved in all facets of the game from a young age. He is an OSA licensed referee, and has spent almost 5 years coaching the game, as well as more than 10 years playing it. He is also an avid reader, writer, and spectator of the game he loves. You can find him on the Goal Legacy Football Forum under the pseudo name, 'Cruijf'.