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Practice plans

Covering core and advanced skills, each Practice Plan provides the blueprint for an entire session for you to run with your team. A quick read through and you've got a ready-made session to take on to the pitch. Perfect for when you're running late and don't have time to hunt around for new ideas.

Practice Plans can be adapted by the coach to suit any age group from age 7 to 16, and are appropriate for adult teams. As a Soccer Coach Weekly subscriber you can access all 275 Practice Plans on the website covering the entire range of skills and tactics, in a format you can easily print and take to training.

Cunning corners

in Practice plans

In professional soccer almost 50% of goals are scored from set pieces (corners and free kicks). So organisation and efficiency in set-piece attacking and defending is crucial to the success of your team. This session focuses on corners. MORE

How to coach palming the ball over the bar - part 1

Palming the ball over the bar

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A keeper needs a variety of techniques to cope with those times when they can’t catch the ball. Palming the ball over the bar is one of those techniques, and is ideal for high crosses that could potentially drop behind the keeper and into the net. MORE

How to coach the scoop save - part 1

Scoop save

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Any shot that is traveling towards a goalkeeper’s legs at pace is difficult to deal with. Young goalkeepers in particular have problems with these and often opt for kicking the ball away, or end up with the ball hitting, or even worse, going through their legs into the goal. MORE

How to coach keeper confidence drills- part 1

The second six yards

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

When a cross arrives between the six-yard box and penalty spot, the goalkeeper can catch the ball or leave it to his defenders. This session will improve your goalkeeper’s confidence and decision making in the crucial “second six yards”. MORE

How to coach varying pass drills- part 1

Mix and match

in Passing, Practice plans

In matches, players have to make a range of passes across various distances. The practices in this session are designed to improve awareness of when to use a short pass and when a longer pass is required. MORE

How to coach shooting across goal- part 1

Shooting across the goal

in Practice plans, Shooting

This session will encourage your players to play the percentage game. Shooting across the goal enables the team two chances to score – either directly from the shot or from any rebounds that follow. MORE

How to coach group defence drills- part 1

“Gang up” defending

in Defending, Practice plans

When a defender puts pressure on an attacker, it is vital that another defender stays close by in a supporting position. This session is designed to improve how your players “gang up” in defensive situations. In doing so, they will improve their understanding, positioning and teamwork. MORE

How to coach stiker accuracy drills- part 1

The killer instinct

in Practice plans, Shooting

Remaining composed when faced with just the keeper to beat is vital for a striker. This session will show you how to teach your hitmen how to hit the target and win matches. MORE

How to coach centre forward movement- part 1

The finishing square

in Practice plans, Shooting

The practices in this session are designed to improve the movement of the centre forward when receiving the ball and the awareness of midfielders to make an accurate forward pass and then support this pass with a forward run. MORE

How to coach goalkeeper kicking and handling drills- part 1

Safe hands and safe feet

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

The ability to deal with balls that come to the goalkeeper from all angles is one of the most important parts of a goalkeeper’s game. It relies on positioning, technique and good decision making. Most importantly, keepers need to be good with their feet as well as their hands. MORE

How to coach instant shooting - part 1

The instant shot

in Practice plans, Shooting

Striking the ball first time at goal requires good service, timing and technique. With benefits including reducing the amount of time keepers have to prepare themselves, it’s worth giving it a shot. MORE

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