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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.

How to coach accurate shooting drills- part 1

Netbusters

in Practice plans, Shooting

session aims to improve the attitude to shooting at goal by concentrating on having a good first touch or by combining with team mates in order to create space for a shot. MORE

How to coach passing to maintain possession - part 1

Pass like you mean it

in Passing, Practice plans

Passing to maintain possession is one thing; passing to hurt the opposition by moving them around and breaking through defensive lines is another and requires instilling a sense of purpose in players. MORE

How to coach goalkeepers on 1v1 situations- part 1

Goalkeeper 1v1

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper’s job is to make it as difficult as possible for an opposition striker to score in any situation. And when it’s just the goalkeeper against a striker in a 1 v 1, it is essential that the goalkeeper uses all the tools within his/her arsenal to make it as tough as possible for the striker to score. MORE

How to coach middle man play- part 1

The middle man

in Midfield, Practice plans

The playmaking midfielder is a player every team can benefit from. If you think of Andrea Pirlo, Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez, you can see how influential their ability to play and receive passes is when it comes to launching attacks. MORE

How to coach a goalkeeper's two-fisted punch - part 1

Goalkeeper’s two-fisted punch

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are times when a goalkeeper can’t catch a flighted ball, such as when the penalty box is crowded, so the next best option is to clear the ball as far away as possible. The two-fisted punch is the most effective way to do this. MORE

How to coach shooting preperation drills- part 1

Set up shots to find the net

in Practice plans, Shooting

In matches, forwards often have to play with their backs to goal. This will allow defenders and midfielders to make positive forward passes into attacking areas of the pitch and support those passes with good runs. Then they can expect accurate set-ups by forwards to shoot. MORE

How to coach advanced striker drills- part 1

The Ultimate Striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

Soccer is an unpredictable game and the complete striker needs to have the tools to be able to react to all situations. This session gives your players the chance to attempt a range of finishing techniques in a short and intense period of time. MORE

How to coach 1v1 drills- part 1

Win your 1v1 duels

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve 1v1 duels in the midfield. The players are forced to continually attack and defend 1v1 in order to get a chance to attack and score a goal. MORE

How to coach second ball tactics- part 1

Second ball steal

in Practice plans, Shooting

Forwards must always be “alive” and ready to react should a defender fail to clear the ball, miss-control, play a poor pass or not react to a rebound off the goalkeeper. Use this session to keep your forwards alert and they will steal goals for your team. MORE

How to coach keeper sweeper - part 1

Keeper sweeper

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Goalkeepers have to be alert even if they don’t have a lot to do in some games. Any attack on their goal can be prevented by early action such as interrupting long balls to sweep away danger. MORE

How to coach keepers to be ever ready to make a save - part 1

Ever ready to make a save

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

It may only be for a split second, but having a good “ready” position will give a goalkeeper a good platform from which to make a save. Such preparation can be the difference between winning and losing a match. MORE

How to coach a 4v2 attacking drill- part 1

Attacking 4v2 game

in Attacking, Practice plans

Good passing and movement will generate instances of 4 v 2 overload. Take these chances when they arise and you’ll win the game. This session shows your players how to maximize the opportunity. MORE

How to coach goal keeper reaction drills- part 1

Reactor!

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Improving your goalkeeper’s reaction speed to different attacking situations such as rebounds and the fast, unexpected shot could stop your team leaking goals. MORE

How to coach counter attacking drills- part 1

Counter strike

in Attacking, Practice plans

Teams are at their most vulnerable when they lose the ball in the attacking third. This session will help your team to capitalise on these opportunities by making a quick fire counter strike when they win possession and the opposition’s defence is vulnerable. MORE

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