Your first choice on where to kick it should be on the field, then out for a throw in (the farther away from your goal the better), then out for a corner.
A good clear allows your team to regroup and avoid an unnecessary goal.
5. Stop the dribble early
Players that feel comfortable dribbling can create holes in your team’s defense.
Don’t let this happen. Set the tempo early by refusing to let a player beat you. If they do, sprint as hard as you can to catch up and use your body to steal the ball or stop their dribble.
Prepare for the possibility of a defender or midfielder on your team getting beat. Be ready to pounce on the player if your teammate gets beat.
6. Delay great dribblers
A few deadly dribblers on the opposition can make a huge difference.
Don’t let them beat you. They will become confident and beat players over and over.
Recognize these players and delay them (delaying is covered in our article on defending), even when a tackle looks easy. Good dribblers can evade your tackle and get past you before you know what hit you.
You need to force them to pass or they will destroy your defense. Show them that dribbling isn’t an option.
7. Overlap and Cover
Wingback can move up the field to cross the ball. A good winger will cover you (play as a wingback) when you make a run upfield. If necessary, tell him to “cover me.”
Try overlapping or running down the sideline when your winger has the ball. The opposing winger may try to pressure your team’s winger or will get confused and stand still for a few seconds.
You will be open as long as the winger doesn’t turn and follow you quickly and the opposing wingback doesn’t react quickly to your run.