Watching Soccer on Television:
Soccer Television Stations
There are several stations in the Washington DC area to watch soccer including:
Players Move as the Ball Moves
Players are looking for space on the field. As the ball moves, defenders move to track the ball. This creates space for the team with possession.
Midfielders, the engines of the team, recognize the space and move to it to engineer the play and act as the catalyst.
Watch closely: it is not often you see the central midfielders dribbling the ball.
Watch as teams move in a cohesive unit with and without the ball. Spreading wide when in possession and consolidating without the ball.
Watch how the defenders and midfielders switch the ball from one side to the other. Under pressure, they might go back to the goalie or one-time it back to the player they received the ball from.
But frequently, they will receive the ball and pass it to the other side of the field. It forces the defense to move and as a result space is created. They are rotating the ball away from pressure and making the field bigger to create space, gaps, openings and attacking possibilities.