Keep The Ball Moving
Moving the ball creates space on the pitch. It forces players to get into new positions, which means it forces your enemy to switch players, cut off new routes, mark various players, etc. The more actions you make the enemy defender take, the more likely they’ll be to make a mistake.
If you’re ever unsure of what to do in the first 2 thirds of the pitch, simply pass the ball to an open player. Even if you pass backwards or sideways, it’s much better than standing still.
Don’t Sprint Unless You Have Space For It Or Because You Have To
Not only will your touches be delayed because you push the ball forward, but it’s harder to be accurate with your passing, shooting, and movement. You’ll be a prime target for an easy tackle, you’ll lose the ball, and you’ll cry when the enemy scores an easy goal on you (and dabs).
So don’t sprint unless you have space to sprint into, or if you need to catch up while you’re defending.
Avoid sprinting in through the central areas of the pitch when they’re crowded, especially if your player doesn’t have great ball control. It’ll be super easy to take the ball off you, and losing the ball on the run like that will result in a swift counter-attack by the enemy.
Sprinting is great when you can take a few touches into space, and this happens most commonly on the wings by default. Sprinting is also great if you spot a solid attacking run from your player and do a through ball to them.
Don’t Blindly Charge Forward
Unless you’re countering or exploiting a mistake, blindly charging forward is the best way to run out of players and lose possession of the ball. Remember to keep the ball moving, even if it’s laterally or backwards. In fact, sometimes you need to pass backwards to give time and room for other players to move into good attacking positions.
Use Possession And Patience To Control The Game
You’re not guaranteed to win the game if you have more possession, but you sure as hell decrease the likelihood of getting scored on.
If you find that your enemy is better than you or playing a very fast paced style, slow the tempo down and focus on retaining the ball. If you usually make 10 passes in a typical attack, go ahead and make 20. The longer you hold onto the ball for a continuous period, the more antsy the enemy becomes. And if you’ve got ants in your pants, you’re more likely to make a mistake.Always remember: the enemy cannot score on you if they don’t have the ball. You should consider possession as your first line of defence even.If you can get them to lose focus or break down mentally, you’ll have an easy win.