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

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question and answer with Tony Mowbray

Question and Answer with Tony Mowbray

In my capacity as consultant for Elite Soccer I get access to the sessions that the top managers put together for each issue and I thought I’d share this great question and answer feature. Question “I realise the value of getting crosses into the box, but our moves down the flanks are mostly random. How […]

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What should my players eat

What Should My Players Eat Before a Match?

Question “My players are always starving in the morning before a match and often the bacon buttie hut is open and smelling wonderful – but what should they eat that doesn’t stop them playing well?” Answer I always try to put a few pieces of fruit in my coaching bag when I set out for […]

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Dribble with the ball drill

Dribble with the ball drill

Every team needs dribblers to attack the opposition, so use this training session to encourage your players to dribble with the ball. Why use it Getting players to try to beat an opponent or to accelerate away with the ball is a wonderful attacking weapon. It puts rivals on the back foot as they are […]

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Team Finishing Circuit

Team Finishing Circuit

“Get your players combining with this varied finishing circuit that will test their ability to work as a team as well as a range of individual skills.” – Michael Beale, Soccer Attack Set up Area: Half Pitch Equipment: 5 Cones, 2 Goals, 1 Mannequin No. of Players: 8 Outfield, 2 Goalkeepers The Steps Player 1 […]

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Fast Pass Game

Fast Pass Game

Ball control in tight areas is vital to building a successful team that can play through the thirds. The overloads in this session help players to develop their ability to pass and receive. Why use it Great session for playing through tight midfield to get ball into attack – helps players deal with possession in […]

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The Drag Scissors Session

The Drag Scissors Session

The Drag Scissors is a great skill for a winger who wants to buy time and make space. Use the steps above to help players to learn the skill and this session will help them to practise it. Why use it If young players are facing a very fast defender they sometimes need to do […]

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U11 dribble with the ball and shoot drill

U11 dribble and shoot drill

This session has great match day attacking skills for 11-year-olds with ball movement, turning with the ball, running with the ball and dribbling the ball ending up with a positive shot at the end of the sequence. 1. Set up a 15 x 15 yards area split into a dribbling area of 7 yards and […]

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Get your striker scoring again

5 tips to get your striker scoring again

If you’ve got a stuttering striker, follow these handy confidence-boosting tips to get him firing again… Keep confidence high by sticking by strikers and giving them plenty of game time Tell them to relax and enjoy their football and not worry about the drought – the goals will come Praise them for their passing and […]

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New Year Resolutions

14 Coaching New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve got 14 things to think about this year – consider these points and see if you can work some of the principles into your everyday coaching. If you can, you’ll be a better coach because of it, I promise you. 1. Listen to your players Your players will always tell you if a training […]

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Find the Space

Find the Space

This is a useful training session to help players understand when and how to switch the play wide in order to create scoring opportunities with through passes. Why use it One of the primary attacking objectives of wingers is to get the ball to their feet where their 1v1 skills, speed and creativity can cause […]

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