Chapter 1 – “Laying Plans”
“The art of war is governed by five constant factors, all of which need to be taken into account.” (Sun Tzu) We need to understand how these factors play a role in deciding what strategy and/or tactics need to be employed in a given game.
(1a) What are the five constant factors in regards to soccer?
(1b) Explain how these factors affect how we attempt to play the game.
(1c) Why can the five constant factors help predict the outcome of a match (victory or defeat) beforehand?
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away…Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. ” (Sun Tzu)
(2a) Why are all individual soccer moves and team/group tactical movements based on deception?
(2b) Provide two or more detailed examples explaining how deception is used on the soccer field; at least one example should pertain to the individual, and at least one to the team.
(2c) Give at least one example of a good opportunity in a game to “feign disorder”.
“If his forces are united, separate them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not
expected.” (Sun Tzu)
(3a) How do we separate our opponents’ forces on the soccer field?
(3b) How do we attack our opponent when and where they are unprepared?
“The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought… Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat…” (Sun Tzu)
(4a) What are some of the types of calculations needed to be made to secure victory on the soccer field?
(4b) How are these calculations used to secure victory?