Analyse the skills that make a top performer in football.

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GCSE PE Practical Coursework

Section A

In this section I must analyse the skills that make a top performer in football. To therefore do this accurate and fairly I must break the sport into components and write about what a top performer should be doing. The three main components are:

) Skill: I need to show skills needed by a top player and how a top performer would do them in the chosen position, e.g.) passing and shooting (if a striker).

2) Tactics and Strategies: I should include the various approaches to the game of Football and how the top performer would use them. I will also include the tactics that would apply to a specific player, and also include knowledge of the rules.

3) Physical Attributes: This part is which components of the physical fitness are most important for the game.

Know that I have listed the three main components of what I shall be analysing in my coursework I am know going to break down each component into small parts and section, what this does is make the analysis of a top performer easier and clearer to understand.

Football Skills


* Select the correct pass.

* Able to pass accurately over different distances.

* Be able to pass quickly.

* Be able to pass first time if required.

* Able to pass with parts of both feet.


* Able to place the ball where you want, quickly and with least touches as possible.

* Do the above with all parts of the body.


* Turn with the ball quickly with as least touches.

Running With The Ball (Dribbling)

* Get the ball away from your feet, whilst being in control.

* Ability to use both feet.

* Can run at various speeds.

* Beat players, whilst having the ball under control.

* Have set strategies for beating an opponents (tricks).


* Can use the head to defend, pass, control, and attack.

* Can defensively clear the ball at long distances.

* Can head the ball powerfully, downwards when attacking.

* Can pass accurate with the head.

* Can control the ball with the head.


* Can tackle an opponent cleanly, whilst winning the ball.

* Can use the slide, block, and side tackle.


* Can shoot accurately from various angles and distances with the correct power, and with both feet.

* Can improvise and shoot when not expected (volleys).

Set Pieces

* Can hit a dead ball accurately and with correct power.

Football Tactics and Strategies

Strategies are the plans for how to do well in a competition or match. Tactics are the ways that strategies are put into practice. For most sport activities, advanced tactics, strategies and team skills centre on positions and the roles in defence and attack and how to apply them in the right way and at the right time. It is important to note that I am analysing a striker. Therefore I will be researching tactics and strategies on the striking position as well as one or two others.

There are four basic aspects in the game of football. Here are the four aspects of tactic football and what individual players should be doing in their positions. Here is a basic diagram/chart to explain what players should be doing with or without the ball in the state of play.

On ball

Off ball



-Finishing runs







Regaining possession




Limiting the opponent

Finishing (trying to score against opponent)

Attempts on goal are the main reason why goals are scored; therefore, effective finishing decides the outcome of games. Without successful finishing, matches cannot be won. Ideally in attacking situations get as many players to get involved in your attacks, to increase the chance of scoring. Although engaging too many players in the frontline may leave holes in your defence.

Preserving possession (build-up)

If your opponent doesn't have the ball he can't score against you. Skillful teams use possession to control the outcome of games. It is essential that you know what to do with ball possession.

Regaining possession (pressure)

Regaining possession is useful because it immediately stops the attack of an opponent and provides the opportunity to counter.

Delaying the opposition

Why waste energy and try to get possession of the ball if your team is winning comfortably? Defensively, it is not always suitable to confront the opposing side and try to take the ball from them. In some cases, it may be smarter to simply delay the opposing side's game or close their options.

Strategy for Attacking Soccer

This couple of pages presents the basic methods used in football attacking. Both attacking and defensively oriented players must learn these methods. As long as your team has the ball, you are a participant in the attack. Remember that attacking in football requires improvisation and creativity. The methods below are examples and should be me modified according to the situation.

The Overlap

If there is open room on the wing aside of the ball carrier, the overlap could be exploited as a dangerous attack. When used down the wing, the overlap is very difficult to cover by the other side's defenders. The only downside is that it leaves open space behind you. When executed in the middle of the field, the overlap usually spreads the opponent's defence.

Distributing the ball

There are different types of passes according to the direction of where the ball is headed. The player with the ball should try passing the ball in the open angles. The "open space" is the room behind the apposing defenders. It is of great advantage to play the ball in the open space, because it makes it unusually hard for the defenders to recover. The open space can be exploited with a chip or with a few short passes. The best way to use the outside angle is by making an overlap run in it. Square passes are good for changing the point of attack and opening new passing angles. Using the piercing pass can be very dangerous, but it is rarely available, considering that most defenders stay between the ball carrier and their own goal.

Creating Passing Angles

On attack, the closer you are to your teammates, the quicker the ball has to be distributed, dribbled, controlled and so on. Playing in this manner requires great skill and quickness from the players. It is also easier to defend against teams who are compact when attacking.

As this diagram shows, the further away your teammates are when supporting you, the more open angles or options are created. That also makes it more difficult for the apposing defence, who have to work harder by covering more space.
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Chipping Over the Defence

If the last line of enemy defenders is marking the attackers from your team, there are two alternatives. One option is for them to pass back the ball, and find another means of getting through the defence or the more direct approach is for them to carry on attacking forward. Due to the offside, they cannot simply run forward; the ball has to be played over them first. The attacking players should start running toward the area behind the line of defenders (between line A and B) slightly before the ball leaves the ...

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