Soccer coaching session to achieve a competitive edge

When you want to start coaching your players to have a competitive edge, I find it best to work them in 1v1s where they are concentrating only on their opponent and the ball.

1v1s force players to use all their skills to try and win the ball. In this session, players need fast reactions because they are forced to engage in a physical confrontation to win possession. This is where the competitive edge comes in.

For this simple drill you need a goal, a goalkeeper and players divided in pairs. Start off about 20 yards from goal.

  1. The players stand either side of you and face away from the goal.
  2. The players must react to your throw and race to the ball.
  3. The first player to reach the ball becomes the attacker. The second player is the defender and must use his strength to compete physically to win the ball.

This session is from Perfect Defending by Michael Beale, designed to help coach players in every aspect of the game, from individual core skills to team-based defending strategies.

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