EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Practice Plans can solve your coaching problems

Soccer Coach Weekly Practice Plans give you a blueprint for an entire training session – warm-up, training, progression, games and warm-down. If your next training session is fast approaching and you haven’t had time to put together your own plan, Practice Plans could be the answer.

There are now over 350 Practice Plans on the Soccer Coach Weekly website, so there’s bound to be something to suit your needs. And the great thing is that Practice Plans can be adapted by to suit any age group from age 7 to 16, and are also appropriate for adult teams.

To get you started, here’s a selection of my favourite Practice Plans:

Getting your players to pass across the pitch and link up play with good passing moves is critical to playing a possession game. Zigzag through the pitch is a great way to get players moving the ball like they would in a match.

If you want to win games you have to score goals. Finishing off attacks helps you coach your players to take goal-scoring chances when they come along, with great tehnique work and a good amount of repetition.

When it comes to coaching skills, it can be hard to put together a training plan to work on the skill you want to coach. Practice Plans can help you to get it right first time – try The art of turning for example, it’s great for getting players to turn with the ball and head off in another direction.

Games are a great asset to any coaching session. With Practice Plans the games are all set out for you – take a look at Three team triangle games, which encourages players to play with the freedom of the playground. Great fun and well worth trying with your team.

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