Hit the target

04/1/2020 | Attacking

Two touch target

Use this realistic shooting session to coach your players to receive a ball played to the edge of the penalty area and shoot with their second touch MORE

Skills video

03/29/2020 |

VIDEO Individual Skills: The Hook Turn

This is a great skill for attacking the penalty area with defenders alongside or in front and a change of direction is needed. Think Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Watch the video from Coerver Coaching’s ‘Make Your Move’ DVD MORE

Arrival activities

03/15/2020 | Arrival activities

Warm up circle

Great for any age group, getting brains warmed up with gentle running and getting players to concentrate and think about what they have to do. Simple but very effective. MORE

02/11/2020 | Email newsletters

Start games strongly

What I love about my U9s team is that when I come out to warm them up before a match they are all ready and sitting there waiting for me... with a cheer they all descend on the bag of training balls and start warming themselves up. MORE

02/4/2020 | Warm Ups

Dribble turn

This simple and fun activity is perfect for use on match days, allowing you to warm up your players with a quick burst of movement and a focus on technique MORE

03/12/2020 | Email newsletters

I use Rondos every session

When I am planning my coaching sessions or thinking about warm ups before a match I always start by planning in a Rondo. It is a great way to get players ready for training or for a match – and they never complain about doing it because they love it. 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

12/18/2019 | Warm Ups

Dribble and change direction

This is a great warm-up to get your players ready for a match or training session. Running with the ball under control, changing direction and passing MORE

12/17/2019 | Warm Ups

One-two work out

This five minute warm up drill is all about first touch and anticipating the pass. Good for fitness and getting players ready for movement and passing in matches. MORE

Small-Sided Games

03/22/2020 |

Throw for broke

A long throw when teams are in the attacking third of the pitch can be as effective as a corner kick or a free-kick. Use this session to identify a couple of players who can perfect the technique. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. Set up an area 30 x 20... MORE

03/16/2020 | Attacking

Build up into attack

This session is all about creating overloads while playing out from the back, through midfield and into attack, creating 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 and 3v2 situations. MORE

03/10/2020 | Attacking


Use this session as a way of getting fast breaking teams to tear through a static defence and create lots of goalscoring chances. In this game players are working in groups to beat a defence in a transition type of situation which will happen often in matches. MORE

How to coach blast past the defender - part 1

03/27/2020 | Practice plans

Blast past the defender

This series of drills will help your attackers take on defenders in crucial 1v1 battles. This is an important skill all players need because there are so many one-on-one encounters everywhere on the pitch. MORE

How to coach pressuring defender drills- part 1

03/27/2020 | Practice plans

Hungry strikers

The term “hungry striker” is given to an attacker who has a burning desire to score. Players like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are prime examples. They work hard for the team by pressuring opposition defenders in order to win the ball or force a mistake. MORE

How to coach a swerve pass - part 1

03/20/2020 | Practice plans

Round the bend

Swerving the ball using the inside of the foot can be used for passing around opposition defenders, shooting and taking corners – so it’s a technique well worth mastering. MORE

02/24/2020 | Podcast

A consequence of development is winning

In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Duncan Ryan about the Football Coaches Association of Australia and the problems facing coaches as they develop players to be the best they can be. MORE

02/11/2020 | Set pieces

Free kick either side of goal

Free kick from the 1994 World Cup taken by Thomas Brolin which caught the imagination of football fans and gave coaches new ideas for scoring goals from free kicks MORE

02/6/2020 | Attacking

Late runs in the final third

When teams are attacking late runs into the box from wing backs are very difficult to pick up. This session shows players how to run late and strike early. MORE


Coaches! Look, listen and learn

In this week's newsletter there are things to read and listen to that will get your football brain ticking over and add to your coaching knowledge ready for when the lockdown is lifted and sporting occasions are back on the agenda. MORE


Send your players some challenges – inside and outside

In these troubled times we need to make sure as coaches that we are sending out some information about what players can do when they are on their own with siblings and parents. Having two sons and a daughter I can set up mini games and set targets that they have to hit with the ball. Simple stuff. MORE

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