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Quick…Shoot!

Get your players running to the ball and taking lots of shots in this fast-moving but simple drill. MORE

Side Supports diagram: the side players support the team in possession.

Side Supports

For the youngest players, the concept of passing to keep possession is tricky to grasp. This drill gives extra support to the team in possession to help players understand what's required. MORE

Warm up passing and moving

One touch passing

This warm up is a great way to get players alert to one touch play and to get them ready for playing matches and keeping possession of the ball in tight areas of the pitch like the penalty area MORE

Crossing the ball

Crossing points

This session helps to get players to use the option of going wide and crossing into the penalty area if they are finding it difficult to penetrate or the penalty area becomes too crowded MORE

Goalkeeping in the spotlight

Goalkeeper is a position that can be hard to fill; so when it comes to coaching your goalkeeper, you should do all you can to encourage him or her by making training fun, easy to understand and full of variety. MORE

Turn and play forward

Forward March

This drill helps players move to create passing angles to receive the ball. Players in possession try to make good decisions on whether to pass forward to the target player or keep possession by passing backwards/sideways to build the play again. MORE

Four passes and shoot

Four pass strike

With just four passes before a shot has to be made, your players will learn how break from midfield with pace and precision MORE

U9 dribble the ball 5 yards and turn activity - part 1

5 ways to improve turning with the ball

For improving players, turning with the ball while keeping it under control is an important development phase. Key to this are practising different turning techniques and developing spatial awareness (knowing when and where to turn). Here are five great drills and activities that will help your players keep control when they are turning with the ball.... MORE

Set piece free kick

Gazza Italia 90 – try it yourself

This free kick was played to perfection by England’s Paul Gascoigne and David Platt in the Italia 90 World Cup. Gazza’s kick was taken from too far out for youth players to try and emulate, so this is our version of it. MORE

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6 ways to score from close range

In youth soccer, a high proportion of goals come from close range – so finding space in the area to get a shot away or convert a cross is a vital skill. Scoring from close range is based on instinct but there are key skills, such as picking up a position where defenders can’t see... MORE

Saving shots

Saving long shots

This drill will give your goalkeeper a much better understanding of where to stand in order to save shots from different angles and distances MORE

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Flying Fullbacks

Flying Fullbacks

The sight of a defender bombing on down the over-lap is no longer seen as a surprise move from an unexpected angle but a key part of how all the best sides seek to play. Fullbacks are now a potent attacking force in the professional game – it’s very rare you see a team that... MORE

Space Invaders soccer drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

Space Invaders

You have to fast in this dribbling game with the focus on close control, passing accuracy and pace, one-touch passing. MORE

Beat two and score - part 1

Beat two and score

Beat two and score is a dream practice for players who love to show off their skill and dribbling ability. Players must compete to dribble outside the opponent’s end line and into a second 1v1 situation where a quick change of direction can give them the opportunity to shoot. MORE

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