Proven, easy to use soccer drills, practice plans, training tips and advice for grassroots coaches


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14-player game for zonal defending

14-player game to practice zonal defending

Once your players understand the concept of zonal defending, this game allows you to put the system into context and gets them playing a game with lots of corners. Why use it The defending team is coached how to get into formation in a match when they have lost the ball and how to quickly […]

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Collapse around the ball

Collapse around the ball defending tactic

The term collapse around the ball is used to describe how a team’s defenders drop back to support a team mate pressing the ball. For example, when a pass is played into an opposing forward, one defender goes tight and stops the opponent from turning. Now the other three defenders collapse around the team mate […]

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Simple Support Session Feature

Simple Support

If you want your players to score more goals try this fast and simple game to encourage them to beat the opposition with clever passes, shots and skills. Why use it This is a simple 4v4 game where clever link play or individual skill will create a goalscoring opportunity due to the numbers on the […]

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U8 pre-match activity feature

U8s pre-match activity

Under 8s usually turn up to matches highly charged and in a state of great excitement, but any hanging around in rain or cold or just generally having to wait for the game to start brings them down to earth with a bang and so they have to be charged back up again! The way […]

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Tight Targets Feature

Tight Targets

Whether your training area is tight or you just want to work on possession skills, this session is perfect to coach players how to move the ball around neatly in a small space. Why use it This is a tight game with pressing, movement, support, skills and accurate passing. It’s brilliant for possession and to […]

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6 steps to correcting technical errors feature

6 steps to correcting technical errors

Part of a young player’s soccer development is the crucial way you deal with technical errors your players make. It is often easier to turn a blind eye so you don’t have to say anything to the child, but it will help them more if you talk to them about how they will be a […]

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U10 passing support play feature

U10s game for passing and support play

This session is all about having support on both sides of the pitch when the opposition are pressing and blocking passing routes to the goal. It also helps stop that awful play down the centre of the pitch when 9 and 10 year olds get drawn in to a battle of the middle ground. In […]

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Fun pre-match activity feature

Fun pre-match activity

This fun activity is perfect for use on match days, allowing you to warm up your players’ passing and moving technique. Difficulty Rating – 4 out of 5 stars Good technical warm up but does require the player in the centre to move quickly to keep the session going – the progression adds movement which […]

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Score from Corners Feature

A great corner kick routine

Dead ball situations are great for creating scoring chances if your players are organised. Use this session to help your team score more goals from corners. Why use it This shows how effective a flick on can be and helps players exploit the space in the box by moving to the area they know the […]

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Bank the Points

Spot the transitions in “Bank The Points”

In this fun game of options, teams score in three different goals but also defend three goals too. Should they bank points quickly or try to beat the keeper for the big prize? Why use it Pre-season sharpness is the key, but it is also about decisions in front of goal. Set up Set up […]

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