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

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6 things you should do at half time

6 Things You Should Do at Half Time

If you are unsure what to do at half time follow these tips so your team is organised before they go out for the second half. 1. Prepare notes As with everything in youth soccer, preparation is key, so during the first half you should be making mental or written notes of what you want […]

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U7 attacking game

U7 attacking game

It isn’t always easy to teach young players how to play the game – often when you start a match one of the players will ask you “which way are we kicking?”. So at training when you are coaching age groups like the Under 7s or 8s you need to work on what happens in […]

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Technique in Tight Spaces

Technique in Tight Spaces

Watch the touch and ability to use all parts of the feet in tight spaces on the pitch from creative players like Eden Hazard and get your players to develop their creative side. Why use it This is a very good technical practice for players of all ability to hone their technique when receiving and […]

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U11 ball control game

U11s ball control game

Dribbling is one of the finer arts for a young soccer player and a vital part of his/her soccer development. When you see young players dribbling in matches you can see why it creates goalscoring chances for the player and for their teammates. Set up a 15 x 15 yards area with 2 x 2 […]

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15 Minute Pass and Rotation

15 Minute Pass and Rotation

By Noel Mitchell, Northern Ireland Under 17s Girls Coach and Elite Soccer contributor This is a warm-up session in the form of a match-related drill. Flexibility is key in this practice, from building up play from out wide to encouraging players to come inside and play narrow. The drill uses a combination of short, lofted […]

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The Key Player

The Key Player

Use this session to show your team the importance of a “key player” and the importance of players holding their positions and giving support to your player. Why use it This session helps you to coach a key player in your team to set up plays and unlock the opposition’s defence. Balls played into space […]

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6 tips for anger management

6 Tips to Help Your Players Manage Their Anger

Sport psychologist Dan Abrahams offers six tips to help your players manage their anger. 1. Use anger to help Anger is a sign that a player has a goal but is being obstructed from completing that goal. It’s important to put anger in perspective – it’s better to have a player who is passionate about performing […]

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6 tips to better demos

6 Steps to Better Demos

Demonstrations are a very powerful way of getting information over to young players. Here are the six steps to ensure they have the effect you want. Step 1: Set the scene Establish exactly what you want to achieve from the demonstration. Tell your players what you are showing them and what they should be looking […]

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Pressure Stopper

How to Coach a Young Goalkeeper

Youth goalkeepers often come under pressure from through balls into the penalty area where they need to react to a shot or a player or players running through 1v1 or 2v1. Why use it Reacting quickly to cover players who have beaten the offside trap is important to put a stop to easy goals. Set […]

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