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

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5 minute warm-up

5 minute warm-up

This five minute fitness drill can be used during your training sessions for a quick break to help coaching points sink in, or as an incentive for a drinks break. Why use it This is a great warm-up to get your players moving in all directions so they are ready to play in matches. Set […]

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Three Amigos

Three Amigos

This session is all about making full use of the width of the pitch when attacking the final third using wingers or wing backs to rip the opposition apart the way Antonio Conte’s Chelsea attack their opponents. Why use it Spreading play wide when attacking means it is much harder for the defending team to […]

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The Running Man

The Running Man

Use this fun session to get your players running with the ball, passing at speed and turning under pressure, just like Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. Why use it Running with the ball isn’t just about going in one direction at one speed, players need to turn and accelerate, knock the ball into space and […]

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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 […]

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Should I give up coaching?

Should I give up coaching?

“The constant criticism from the parents of the players on my team is hitting my confidence and making me think I should give up coaching. Can you help?” – Under 10s Boys Coach Answer I think all of us have a dark side that turns us into critics. Some people can be more critical than […]

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6 tips for sharp shooting

6 Tips For Sharp Shooters

In training we would work on the six points but when it came to the match I would let the player decide how to shoot with some reminders to the players like “try a different part of your foot to shoot” that would get the sessions we worked on in training into their minds during […]

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The kids don't understand my sessions

The kids don’t understand my sessions…

“I’m struggling with getting kids to understand the sessions I run – it’s embarrassing in front of their parents. Is there a secret to getting the information across?” – Under 10s Boys Coach Answer Player understanding is one of the key elements of a coaching session – and of course coach understanding. It’s the chicken […]

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Create overloads in defence

5 tips to stop those tricky wingers

If your fullback is going to get the better of a “fancy Dan” winger, make sure he sizes up his opponent. Your defender must… Make an assessment of how fast the winger is early in the game and work out how close to mark him Be tight enough not to let the winger turn Get […]

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Turning to play forward

Sean Dyche: Turning to play forward

By Sean Dyche, manager of Premier League side Burnley and Elite Soccer contributor This session aims to encourage turning to open the opportunity to play forward rather than sending the ball sideways or backwards. Within this, it allows players to put the ball “at risk”. We all know that keeping possession is very important, but […]

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2 Goal v 1 Goal Game

2 Goal v 1 Goal Game

Test your player’s decision making as they are presented with two goals in which to score. Can they switch play quickly to create a chance? Set up Area: 40 x 30 yards Equipment: 3 Goals Number of Players: 6 Outfield, 3 Goalkeepers The Rules This features three teams of three, with outside players As and […]

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