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09/18/2019 | Attacking

Control games

This session is all about setting up and supporting an attacker. If you want your players to learn how to score from a fast counterattack, this is a great session – and it also has possession and pressing action points. MORE

09/16/2019 | Attacking

Two runners

This set is set up to improve general movement in players when they are in possession of the ball and attacking the opposition goal MORE

Pre-season


08/29/2019 | Email newsletters

COMPLETE PRE-SEASON GUIDE

Getting the team back together can be a tricky business so you can make use of Soccer Coach Weekly's Pre-season Guide to help you get the team ready for the first matches of the season . MORE

08/22/2019 | Pre-season

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 4: Focus

Your players have made it to week 4 with the first whistle of the new season not far away. But before it blows you've got one final week to get your players through so they are ready and focused for that first match of the season. MORE

08/15/2019 | Pre-season

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 3: Game plan

The basics have been taken care of with passing, possession and fitness, and there has been plenty of small-sided game-play thrown into the mix as well, but now you want to delve down into what your players are going to produce this coming season on the pitch. MORE


09/10/2019 | Email newsletters

Stop match day mayhem

It was the first matches of the season in youth leagues up and down the country in the UK this week and it has been interesting to see the different reactions from the coaches I know. Most have been excited but some have been back to the “same old thing” with players turning up late and not being ready to play a match. MORE

08/14/2019 | Rondos

Simple rondo

This is a great session to warm up your players through a high intensity possession-based skills practice, with players developing the technical aspects of their game that can be used in high-pressure match scenarios. MORE


07/30/2019 | Warm Ups

Fast feet

A warm-up that will teach your players practise dribbling the ball with two feet and help them to learn how to change direction quickly MORE

07/25/2019 | Warm Ups

Diamonds sharpen skills

This session sharpens an array of soccer skills at the beginning of a season when players need to get their bodies back into balance and refresh their technique on the ball. This is a great session to use for sharpening awareness and coordination. MORE

07/17/2019 | Warm Ups

Bounce and go

A simple warm-up to get your players thinking about speed – both when running without the ball and when dribbling with the ball. MORE

Small-Sided Games


09/15/2019 | Attacking

Support play

Players work on through balls, angled passes, chips and more. It trains players to time their runs, arc their runs, and be creative. The zones help players practise beating the offside trap. MORE

09/10/2019 | Defending

That ball’s mine!

Arsenal's David Luiz likes to push out of defence and win the ball before it is played into dangerous areas and this session encourages players to do that. MORE

09/3/2019 | Attacking

Swap attackers

This is a great session to help players understand movement in and around the attacking third of the pitch, creating space and goalscoring opportunities. MORE


How to coach diagonal pass drills- part 1

09/13/2019 | Practice plans

Moonrakers

English Premier League midfield stars such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard use raking diagonal passes at every opportunity to open their opponent’s defence. This creates 1v1 crossing situations or chances to run behind the defence and into goal-scoring positions. This session will improve your team’s ability to do the same. MORE

How to coach keep ball - part 1

09/13/2019 | Practice plans

Keep ball

The success of Spain at international level proves a game based on possession can win the biggest trophies. Try this exercise with your players and they will start appreciating the value of keeping the ball. MORE

How to coach forward passing drills- part 1

09/6/2019 | Practice plans

Find the forward

Quick passing upfield can catch the opposition cold. This week’s session is designed to improve passes from your team’s defenders to its forwards. MORE


09/4/2019 | Defending

Right place, right time

This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE

09/2/2019 | Tactics

Hot press

This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE

08/29/2019 | Formations

7v7 formation 1-3-2

Here we look at the 7v7 1-3-2 formation and how it fits in with the players you have in your team. A great attacking formation and one players will learn positional play from. MORE


09/19/2019

Skills win games – so let them make mistakes

It's the bit we all love to see over and over again. A great player gets nutmegged or left behind when the ball is swiftly moved from one foot to the other. Attacking excitement is built on this kind of play – but do you allow your players time to master the skill? MORE

09/17/2019

Wake up at the back!

Defending can be waiting game for teams that play a good attacking game and dominate the opposition. How do you keep them alert, organised and ready to drop back, recover and defend a counter attack or long ball over the top? MORE

Parents feature

09/12/2019

Working with parents and disruptive players

Just when I think I have seen it all another problem rears it’s ugly head on training night. I have worked with disruptive players every club I have coached at, from U7s right through to U18s but I got very frustrated this week with a new player who just wasn’t interested in training. MORE

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