Good calling adds tremendously to
the connectedness of a soccer team. It can help defenders avoid bad
mistakes, and helps attackers make good choices. In fact, you really can't
play soccer without calling.
There are four rules to good
Be smart: call only
when it will help – but do call when it will! Call as much as you can -
even when it's just to say "Not outside" to let him know you are covered.
Be loud: make sure your
teammate will hear you loud and clear
Be quick: call early, as soon
as you can
- Be precise:
use the vocabulary of soccer. Yelling "pass" is not much help. "Outside
you" tells your player where you are and what's open.
It doesn’t help much to mumble
quietly “There’s a defender coming soon”
just as one of your teammates gets clattered from the blind side. A loud
yell of “Man
a lot better.
Make it a practice to talk every time you pass
the ball and every time you receive it. Constantly feed instructions and
information to your teammates.