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Soccer drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh soccer drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Soccer Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.
 

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

How to coach blast past the defender - part 1

Blast past the defender

in Attacking, Practice plans

This series of drills will help your attackers take on defenders in crucial 1v1 battles. This is an important skill all players need because there are so many one-on-one encounters everywhere on the pitch. MORE

How to coach pressuring defender drills- part 1

Hungry strikers

in Attacking, Practice plans

The term “hungry striker” is given to an attacker who has a burning desire to score. Players like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are prime examples. They work hard for the team by pressuring opposition defenders in order to win the ball or force a mistake. MORE

Throw for broke

in Set pieces, Small Sided Games

A long throw when teams are in the attacking third of the pitch can be as effective as a corner kick or a free-kick. Use this session to identify a couple of players who can perfect the technique. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. Set up an area 30 x 20... MORE

How to coach Brazilian style drills- part 1

The Brazilian

in Attacking, Practice plans

Using a full back as an offensive weapon was made popular by the Brazilian national team. This session will help you develop “Brazilian” full backs in your team, giving it greater numbers in offence and increasing your attacking options. MORE

How to coach the messi challenge- part 1

The Messi challenge

in Attacking, Practice plans

Lionel Messi’s attacking ability from both wide and central areas is unrivalled. Get your players to copy him in the Messi challenge – a session that will give them the confidence to attack from any position. MORE

How to coach through balls - part 1

Just passing through

in Passing, Practice plans

Good, progressive, passing football involves moving the ball forward by breaking through defensive lines and slipping passes between defenders. Use this session to help your players learn this simple, yet devastating, skill. MORE

Futsal: why play it?

in Ball Control and Footwork, Podcast

In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Steve Scott about the benefits of playing Futsal, tactics and techniques used, the individual skills used and the coaching challenges he faces with the USAFF C15 boys national team as he gets the squad ready for the World Cup in Paraguay later this year MORE

Attack-defend-attack

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Use this session as a way of getting fast breaking teams to tear through a static defence and create lots of goalscoring chances. In this game players are working in groups to beat a defence in a transition type of situation which will happen often in matches. MORE

The fast way to score goals

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Attacking and counter attacking at speed is all about the players on your team being aware of what is happening around them and communicating between themselves so they all move at speed into the right areas at the right time. MORE

How to coach overloading while attacking and defending - part 1

Tip the balance

in Defending, Practice plans

This trio of overload attacking and defending possession drills is demanding for defenders but the rewards for winning possession is to give their team a player advantage. MORE

How to coach powerplay situations- part 1

Powerplay

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is inspired by the ice hockey final at the Olympic Winter Games. Canada were leading 2-1 with seconds left. The USA coach removed his goalkeeper to give his team a player overload and this led to the equalising goal, and overtime. The USA lost, but the coach’s bravery deserved more. MORE

Scoring from crosses

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Scoring from crosses is a sure fire way of making sure the ball hits the back of the net – crosses from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so making sure you include sessions on scoring from crosses in your training schedule is vital to the success of your team. MORE

Control the goal

in Small Sided Games

Teams must be in control of the match by scoring first – then they have to build on that to win the game. This is all about taking control of the game by scoring a goal and then changing direction. MORE

How to coach fast counter attacks- part 1

Fast breaks

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is designed to develop counter attacking breaks. The players will learn to pass forward and make quick supporting runs in order to get forward and create goal scoring opportunities. MORE

How to coach face-to-face keeping - part 1

Face-to-face keeping

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

This technical session works on goalkeeper position and taking the fear out of diving at an attacker’s feet. Young goalkeepers need to practice their timing and movement to get it right in matches. MORE


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