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Football Philosophy

1. Always play fairly according to the spirit and letter of the rules.
2. Stay calm under difficult conditions. It's easy to maintain composure when things go right; when they don't real
footballers step forward and stand up to the test.
3. Support and encourage your teammates at all times. All of us make mistakes at times and they are not done
on purpose. Encourage your teammates to be the best they can be.
4. Play as hard as you can in training and in games. Never be beaten because of lack of effort. Even opponents
who are bigger or more skilled than you can be beaten if you out-hustle them.
5. Show respect to your coaches, referees, and your opponents; win or lose.
6. A good football player must have conditioning, skills and tactical knowledge. A player must work on all three
to be the best they can be.
7. When your team has the ball, every player is an attacker; when your opponent has the ball every player is a
defender.
8. No matter what position you are in, you are first a football player and you will have to be able to receive, shoot,
pass, dribble,head, make space, etc., regardless of your position.
9. Do not just "kick" the ball unless it is in a dangerous position in front of your goal. Instead take a " picture " of
the situation before you get the ball. In this way you can perceive the situation, determine the best solution, and
act accordingly when the ball arrives. Develop Field Vision. Always send the ball to someplace or someone.
10. Always maintain your position. Don't run following the movement of the ball. Know where you are on the field
in relation to where the other players and positions are on the field.
11. Don't run forward when your team has the ball unless you are willing to run back when the other team has
the ball.
12. If you lose the ball, you should be the first person to defend. Giving immediate chase is the first rule of defence.
13. When changing from attack to defence, sprint to get between your opponent and the goal you are defending.
14. When defending close to your goal, the player closest to the ball should attack the ball. The other defenders
should "mark" other opponents who could receive and shoot the ball. In "marking up" your opponent, you should
position yourself between the ball and your opponent and prevent them from receiving the ball. A common error
on defence is to have too many defenders move to the ball leaving opponents open to receive a pass and score
an unopposed goal.
15. On the defensive side of the field, always move the ball toward the touchlines and away from the middle of the
field. On the offensive side of the field move the ball toward the center, where your teammates can take a good
shot on goal. This is "centering" the ball.
16. Good ball handlers pass the ball before they get into trouble not after they are in trouble.
17. Take your shot! Don't hesitate to fire a shot if you feel an opportunity. Shoot into the back of the net. Shoot
where the keeper isn't.
18. Don't limit yourself to shots taken only near the goal line. Good opportunities for goals are hard shots taken
further out from the goal. Keep your head down, strike and follow through the ball for the goal.
19. When in attack with possession of the ball, anticipate your defender attacking your right foot. Use your left foot.
It is imperative that you develop your passing, dribbling, and shooting skills with both your left and right foot.
20. Always be aware of protecting possession of the ball. Resist "kicking" the ball directly into the shin guards of
the defender in front of you. Passing or dribbling the ball laterally or even backwards can be a better choice if it
maintains possession of the ball.
21. When in attack always "support" your teammate with the ball. Supporting your teammate means being in a
position where they can pass the ball to you. Stay far enough away so the pass effectively neutralizes the
defender. Stay close enough so they can make a good pass. If you are too far to make a good pass to your
teammate, then you are too far for your teammate to make a good pass to you, and you are not supporting.

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