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

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How Do I Get My Players To Make The Right Decisions.

How Do I Get My Players To Make The Right Decisions?

Question: I coach a team of Under 10s – a few of them are very comfortable with the ball at their feet and love to dribble. They are now getting to the stage where they are acknowledging that sometimes passing as opposed to dribbling may be better for the team but are finding the decision making process difficult. I.e. when is […]

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formations- attacking 3-3-2

9v9 Formations

Formations can help teams to play to their strengths – but you need to know which one suits your team. To help you, we look at 3-3-2. This is one of the best formations to coach young players as a good, solid base to defend and attack. PROS: The simplest of all formations for 9v9, 3-3-2 is […]

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fast feet part1

Fast Feet

This skillful passing workout will help your players to develop fast feet capable of accurate and effective one-touch passing that helps with possession sessions as teams work on keeping the ball. Why use it This session forces players to move and communicate when combining with each other. It helps players to look ahead and read the pass […]

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dynamic passers part 1

Dynamic Passers

The passing in this session relates directly to all movement patterns in a game – your players need to get used to combination play and creative imaginative play they can use on match days to create goal scoring chances in the final third. Why use it This is a great session for getting players to use match-like patterns for […]

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short attacks part1

Short Attacks

This session rehearses ball skills in terms of tidy, quick and intelligent passing, plus finishing in and around the box. It’s also excellent for movement, closing down and positional awareness. Why use it These ranges of skills are essential for any footballer. It is important to practise these because the scenarios in which players will need to display these skills occur […]

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1-0 Down Tactics feature

1-0 Down Tactics

If you’re 1-0 down at half-time you have to be more attacking in the second half. This session will help your team adopt a more attacking mindset without overcommitting up front. Why use it When teams are losing at half-time they have to open up the opposition defence. One good tactic is to get the […]

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Zonal Marking feature

Should I Try Zonal Marking?

Much maligned by weekend soccer pundits, zonal marking was not just designed for teams at the very top of the game, it’s a system that can be used at every level, even in grassroots youth soccer. The system has its champions and critics, but its use is often just a matter of taste.  Many coaches […]

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Promotion or Relegation feature

Promotion or Relegation

Teach your players how to win vital games and how to keep trying until the end. This fun promotion and relegation session involves a lot of different winning scenarios. Why use it With make or break games it is important that players understand what it means if they lose. This helps them to concentrate. Set […]

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Soccer Coach Weekly issue 522

A Taste of Success at the End of the Season

As it gets to the business end of the season some of the teams I work with have had very important games… and it is great to see the hard work put in by the players, coaches and parents rewarded with some success. The Under 16s won their league on Sunday after a very hard season. The […]

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Dele Alli

Invest In Young English Players

Spurs leads the way Managers are burdened by the imperative for instant results but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has come to recognise the value of building a team around a homegrown base – whether developed through the academy or recruited from clubs further down the English football ladder; Dele Alli, young player of the year 2017, was signed from MK Dons […]

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