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I admit it, I made a mistake

There are occasions when I do things that go against all the advice I give out – and I’m not sure why I do it, or in this case, don’t do it. Dave Clarke shows how you can’t rest on your laurels in this coaching lark! MORE

Three striker attacks

Attacking as a front three

This session works on three strikers like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It trains strikers to create and combine in overload situations, giving them help in recognising goalscoring opportunities, shooting early, or passing to team mates in better positions. MORE

5 tips for defending the long ball

The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE

Split The Defenders

Practise producing the perfect defence-splitting through ball with this variation on Piggy in the Middle. MORE

Score from a corner

World Cup moments – score from a corner

Germany had been the best team of the 2010 World Cup but Spain had passed their way to this semi-final. There were chances for both, but it was a set-piece goal that separated the teams at the end of the match. MORE

Playing with and against overloads

World Cup decisions

Use this fun World Cup themed game to teach your players to make quick decisions in a game. It will test teams with several different attacking and defending scenarios. MORE

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal REUTERS/Gleb Garanich TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Stay composed in the box like Harry Kane

If ever there was a soccer match that highlighted the importance of an attacker staying cool in the penalty box, it was England's opening World Cup 2018 match against Tunisia. MORE

Stay fit in the off-season with these 6 drills

Staying fit in the off-season is vital for players and coaches alike. Although the temptation might be to go on holiday and forget about fitness for a while, it's important to stay in good shape so that you're ready for pre-season training. MORE

Combination play striker

Striker combinations

This session is about striker combinations and link-up play in the final third to break down tight defences. MORE

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

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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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