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Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, providing thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching.

Sessions by Dave Clarke

Return to play: Short or long

in Passing, Return to play

If you are social distancing please observe your local rules. This is very easy to set up and can be used for different distances, long and short passing coupled with a one-two skill. It is a simple unopposed activity but it needs good coordination. MORE

Warm Ups feature

How are you starting your coaching sessions?

in Email newsletters, Warm Ups

I cannot second guess when we will all be out of this strange way of coaching with no opposed sessions but hopefully it will be fairly soon. To that end I continually remind myself that I will be going back to getting my players warmed up in a different way to how I am doing it at the moment. MORE

Can we still shoot!

in Blog, Tips and advice

You can say one thing for certain… the players I coach are thrilled to be back out training even though they are having to be aware of distancing and not trying to tackle their teammates. So what are they doing....? MORE

Return to play: Two touch shooting

in Return to play

This activity gets strikers ready to receive and shoot at goal from balls played in and around the penalty area. That vital first touch is made even more important due to the two-touch finish from a crisp pass. MORE

Coaching your goalkeeper

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

At the younger age groups I have always found it a difficult job filling the position of goalkeeper. I've done various things, put my own son in goal, had two goalkeepers so one half they play outfield the other in goal but were never subbed – it helped but didn't totally solve the problem. So what do you do? MORE

Control and Restraint

in Lesson plans

How well do you and your players know the Principles of Play? Give your players lessons online. This unique online class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills used in one of the Defending Principles of Play – Control and Restraint MORE

1v1 striker

Return to play: Lone striker

in Return to play, Shooting

Use this session to teach your strikers to attack with strength and presence – to be a strong forward who strikes fear into the heart of defenders. This simple session puts the focus on passing and moving to get into a good position to hit the target. MORE

The best defensive tactic

in Defending, Email newsletters

One of the most important topics in defensive play is compactness. A key principle of compactness is that the playing area of the opposition is minimised so there is less space for them to attack in. Give your players a lesson in compactness MORE

Compactness

in Lesson plans

How well do you and your players know the Principles of Play? Give your players lessons online. This unique online class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills used in one of the Defending Principles of Play – Compactness MORE

Return to play: I’m back!

in Email newsletters, Return to play

I went back to coaching last week, although it was a strange form of coaching! It does take time to sort out the players, but having created 'safe' areas 2m apart where the players could put drinks, sanitiser and their bags so they could safely have a drink during training it made it an easier practice. MORE

U14 develop turning skills game - part 1

Return to play: Turning skills

in Return to play, Turning

Please check out the latest sport and social distancing guidelines in your area, and follow the recommendations when planning training sessions. This is a simple passing, turning game which will give your players the ability to receive the ball and turn with it to pass in another direction MORE

Cover and Balance

in Lesson plans

How well do you and your players know the Principles of Play? Give your players lessons online. This unique online class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills used in one of the Defending Principles of Play – Cover and balance MORE

Return to play: Small groups

in Email newsletters, Return to play

Tonight I'm back with my Under 10s to get training back on track with some social distancing sessions. My head is full of car park instructions, drop offs, pick ups, sanitisers and 2 metre distances! But it will be great to see all the players again. My plans will be simple sessions for the small groups I am coaching MORE

Fast play to goal

Return to play: quick interplay

in Return to play, Shooting

Please check out the latest sport and social distancing guidelines in your area, and follow the recommendations when planning training sessions. The aim of this session is to get players working quickly in the areas in front of goal to spot openings and quickly attack them with the end result a shot at goal. MORE

U8 pass the ball 3 yards to a team mate activity - part 1

Return to play: Avoid the pass

in EasiCoach, Return to play

Please check out the latest sport and social distancing guidelines in your area, and follow the recommendations when planning training sessions. Return to play: Great one to get kids going. Focus is on short passing and receiving in this activity MORE


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