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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

Clever out wide

in Attacking, Crossing

This session will show your wide players how to put good balls into the feet of attackers who are battling to try to lose a defender and score. MORE

Magic box

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session uses an attacking overload to encourage midfielders to create scoring opportunities by combining with strikers in and around the penalty area. MORE

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 4: Focus

in Pre-season, Tips and advice

Your players have made it to week 4 with the first whistle of the new season not far away. But before it blows you've got one final week to get your players through so they are ready and focused for that first match of the season. MORE

Quick attacking pair

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This is about your front two hunting down the ball, winning it and attacking together. It’s great for encouraging attackers to develop a relationship so communication is effective and scoring chances are increased. MORE

Back after the break

in Blog, Team Management

I’ve been out and about this pre-season watching teams getting back into the swing of the new season. The weather has been excellent and some of the work by coaches up and down the country is a testament to how committed everyone is, from mums and dads right up to the head coach. MORE

Twos and threes

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This simple game will teach your players how to win the ball and how to support an attack. This is a fast and attacking game with teams learning how to support an attack and where and when to play a pass. MORE

Battle of styles

in Attacking, Tactics

If you want your team to play possession football or a counterattacking style this activity will help. Teams play possession against counterattacking, showing players how to work in and defend against both styles. It is also good for reacting to the point of transition. MORE

PRE-SEASON | WEEK 3: Game plan

in Pre-season, Tips and advice

The basics have been taken care of with passing, possession and fitness, and there has been plenty of small-sided game-play thrown into the mix as well, but now you want to delve down into what your players are going to produce this coming season on the pitch. MORE

Simple rondo

in Ball Control and Footwork, Rondos

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

Jump to it

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

The training session is an excellent workout if you want to get your strikers on their toes and ready to fire shots at the goal. This is a strengthening and reaction exercise that gives players a good workout to sharpen up scoring instincts. MORE

Total attack

in Attacking, Shooting

This is good for attackers working the ball through an organised defence, and it has lots of chances for the attack to catch opponents on the counter. It’s a good session for tactics and techniques. MORE

Driving range

in Attacking, Passing

Use this training session to show your forwards how to bring other players into the game in the final third of the pitch. This will get your players winning the ball and playing deep behind the attackers to play into them. MORE


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