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Work the back four

Work the back four

Why use it It is game realistic and enables us to prepare for the forthcoming opposition’s formation by practicing against two or three forwards, or a lone frontman. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal. Using half your pitch you need How to do it Split your players into two teams of... MORE

Gareth Bale

Turn free-kicks into goals

Free-kicks are important: fact. So important that between 40 and 50 per cent of all goals scored originate from set-pieces. And it’s clear from the pros that practice makes perfect. Gareth Bale has scored some fantastic free kicks for Wales and Real Madrid – when Ronaldo allows him to take them of course! Bale says:... MORE

Score first touch

Score one touch

An end-to-end game that will help your players to develop a goal poacher’s instincts by limiting strikers to just one touch in the final third of the pitch MORE

Coach CPD in Brighton

Take a coaching course or learn on the job?

It is at this time of the year as the fixtures begin to run out that I find a lot of clubs are taking a look at which coaches are available and which coaches need to do courses and of course take a look at any new coach that has put his/her name forward to... MORE

Buffon attacks referee

6 ways to help your players manage anger

When players get angry you need to calm them down the best you can. Gianluigi Buffon recently showed the downside to getting angry. Sport psychologist Dan Abrahams offers you six tips to help your players manage their anger… MORE

Overloads to score

3v2 transitions

The attacking team has an overload but can the defending team use their players to create their own overload and win the ball back so they can score? MORE

Pass to keep the ball

Five Minute Basics: pressure passing

This five minute passing 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. MORE

Pass and move

Five minute tactics: pass and move

Use this simple way to create space to fill any gaps in your training session for a simple tactic that can help your team create goal scoring opportunities MORE

Pep Guardiola

Keep calm on the touchline

Manchester City becoming the champions of Europe was extinguished in the reverberations from two minutes of self-immolating fury from Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. Sport psychologist Dan Abrahams offers you six tips to help you manage your anger MORE

Sergio Aguero training

6 ways to add goals to your team

Top strikers may be worth their weight in gold but when it comes to winning titles, the clever money goes on the sides with firepower throughout the squad too. MORE

creating goals with runs

Time your runs

Use this lively attacking session to coach your strikers to burst into the penalty area with well-timed runs to latch onto killer passes that split defences and leave your striker 1v1 with the goalkeeper. MORE

Passing and moving

Fit and focused

Use this fast paced training game to get your players moving quickly into supporting positions, linking play and combining to keep the ball just like they would in a match 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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