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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 attacking play - part 1

Attacking play

in Attacking, Practice plans

Recent sessions have given your players dribbling, passing and decision-making skills. This session encourages your players to put these skills into practice in a team environment with the aim of building movement in attack and creating more goal-scoring opportunities. MORE

Clever keeper

in Goalkeeping, Passing

This session is about keeper distribution and retaining possession by building play from the back. It mimics short passes to centrebacks and midfield players, low driven and chipped passes to full-backs and wide midfielders, and longer passes to centre-forwards and wide attackers MORE

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The importance of the magic man

in Attacking, Email newsletters

When you play training games with your team if you have an odd number of players it is always a good idea to play a 'magic man'. This is a position of great responsibility because this player can catch the opposition out during transition or can be the player who creates goal scoring chances because he/she is less likely to be marked when the ball is transferred. MORE

Keeper gets cross

in Goalkeeping, Tips and advice

Having a trustworthy, proficient keeper positively influences the mindsets and playing abilities of all players in front of him. This is a session for goalkeepers that coaches them in the basics of anticipating crosses and dominating their area. MORE

How to coach lone stiker drills- part 1

The lone striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

A lot of teams now play with a lone striker supported by players from midfield. The modern striker must have a number of attributes. These include running deep to receive the ball, holding the ball up, dribbling at speed and shooting with either foot. This session aims to improve these skills in a number of 1v1 exercises. MORE

Winning back possession

in Defending, Email newsletters

It may sound like I am being negative suggesting ways to stop teams passing but study any of the successful teams around the world and you will see the hard work that goes into stopping teams passing through or around midfields and defences. MORE

See the pass

in Attacking, Passing

Long passes can be a key way to open up an opposition defence or to find space on the pitch by switching play. A great way to help young players to spot longer passing options and to see beyond the first players in their line of vision. MORE

4v4 with 4 goals

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Obviously kids thoroughly enjoy scrimmaging and coaches can use games to teach players without them realizing they are learning. Not only does this game help players stay connected but also starts introducing finishing and expands players range of passing. MORE

How to coach players to keep calm under pressure - part 1

Don’t panic under pressure

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s tough trying to keep calm and pass the ball when the opposition’s defenders are swarming around, but being able to do so will mean your team is less likely to give away possession and so retain control of the ball. MORE

On the rebound

in Attacking, Tactics

Long shots often create chaos in the penalty areas of youth teams opening up chances from rebounds and blocks. Fire your team ahead by going long against tough opposition and score from the rebound MORE

Coconut shy

in Passing, Shooting

A basic introduction for helping with weight and accuracy of passing. Can also be a good game for a cool down or to be used during a training session following a game. MORE

Pass with purpose

in Attacking, Passing

It is important for young players to recognise when the ball is passed to them by looking up at all times giving them more chance to control the ball. MORE

How to coach central and wide attack drills- part 1

Attacking centrally and wide

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session develops attacking play from both central and wide positions. Your team should firstly look to attack through the centre as that is the quickest way to the goal. However, opponents will often block these areas and therefore your team must know how to attack down the wide areas too. MORE

Support the striker

in Attacking, Shooting

Possession, passing and support is vital to creating the chances that give your team the opportunity to score more goals. This is build up play to shooting at goal. MORE

Score goals in the New Year

in Email newsletters, Shooting

One thing we all wish for in the New Year is that our teams score more goals and do so using the style of play we work on with our teams at training. Pass and move, get into good positions and create goal scoring chances. MORE

How to coach tracking drills- part 1

Track your man

in Defending, Practice plans

If your players can improve their individual defending when man marking and tracking their opponent’s runs, your team is far less likely to concede goals. MORE

How to coach players to shake off the marker - part 1

Shake off the marker

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Players often get frustrated when closely marked as they do not have the luxury of time and space to perform their skills. This session shows your players how to shake off a marker and create space to receive a pass. This will give them time to execute their next skill, whether it is a pass, shot or dribble. MORE

How to coach passing with purpose - part 1

Passing with purpose

in Passing, Practice plans

An attacking team’s first priority when passing is to play positively towards a target. If they’re prevented from reaching that target, their second aim is to retain possession until they can find an opportunity to pass. This session focuses on risk and reward. Do your players pass or do they keep the ball? MORE


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