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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 group defence drills- part 1

Two banks of four

in Defending, Practice plans

A team needs to be united in defence when under pressure. The focus of the session is defending with two banks of four players. These players work together to reduce space for the opposition to attack and create goalscoring opportunities. MORE

How to coach cross defence- part 1

Defending the cross

in Defending, Practice plans

If you can improve your players’ defending from crosses, fewer goals will be conceded. The session focuses primarily on the four defenders and their ability to block a cross or clear the ball from danger. MORE

How to coach keeper mobility, positioning and shot-stopping - part 1

Three-sided keeper

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

It is important to provide training specifically for your goalkeepers. In this drill, a keeper guards three goals at the same time. It tests their mobility, positioning and shot-stopping ability. It is also very useful to have others who can play in goal so teach all your squad these skills. MORE

How to coach attackers to beat the defender - part 1

Beat the defender

in Practice plans, Soccer dribbling drills

By practising taking on a defender, not only will players acquire basic dribbling skills, they’ll also learn they won’t be successful with every attempt, which is an important step towards giving them the confidence to try things in a match while removing the fear of failure. MORE

How to coach creative attack drills- part 1

Creative attack

in Attacking, Practice plans

It is important to let your players express themselves on the pitch. This will help them understand what each other is likely to do and this can lead to goals being scored. Recreating game scenarios in which players react to the movement of their team mates can teach this. MORE

How to coach disguised pass drills- part 1

A disguised pass

in Passing, Practice plans

A disguised pass will often outwit an opponent and can lead to a goal. It will also help your players keep possession of the ball so no goals can be scored against your team. Here’s how to improve your players’ abilities to execute this move. MORE

How to coach key midfielder drills- part 1

The middle men

in Midfield, Practice plans

Central midfielders are key to the development of all matches. Help your “middle men” influence the game by improving their movement and their ability to gain possession of the ball. MORE

How to coach coach the passing diamond drill - part 1

Passing diamond

in Passing, Practice plans

Passing the ball at speed will improve your players’ skills in one of the most vital areas of the game – keeping possession. The “passing diamond” will help you teach variations which can be used to lethal effect on match day. MORE

How to coach tight marking - part 1

Tight marking

in Defending, Practice plans

If your team can master the art of close marking, it can make the opposition’s task of scoring goals extremely tricky and that means your players will have a better chance of winning matches. MORE

How to coach holding up the ball- part 1

Make it stick

in Attacking, Practice plans

A forward player who can hold the ball up with his back to goal can wait for support and give the team a better chance of scoring goals. This is how to “make it stick”. MORE

How to coach ball recycling drills- part 1

Recycle the ball

in Passing, Practice plans

Keeping possession of the ball means your opponent cannot score goals and you have the chance to create opportunities. The key learning focus for your players is to improve awareness on the ball and patience in the build up process. This is shown by turning away from pressure and “recycling” the ball. MORE

How to coach keepers to catch crosses - part 1

Catching crosses

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A keeper who is confident at coming off his line and claiming crosses is a big asset for his team because he can take a lot of pressure off the defence and start counter attacks. MORE

How to coach slide passes- part 1

Sliders

in Passing, Practice plans

The ability to slide passes behind the opponent’s defence will unlock the line and create goalscoring opportunities for your team. Teach your players the skills to create these chances with this session. MORE

How to coach shooting technique drills- part 1

Cannonball run

in Practice plans, Shooting

Developing an arsenal of different shooting techniques will enhance your team’s chances of scoring goals. Use this session to help your players score with either precision or power shots. MORE

How to coach triple zone keep ball drill - part 1

Triple-zone keep ball

in Passing, Practice plans

Retaining possession of the ball means your team can create goalscoring opportunities and stop opponents from scoring. This tough session challenges players to vary the type and range of their passing while facing different degrees of pressure. MORE

How to coach on the edge drill - part 1

On the edge

in Defending, Practice plans

When attackers enter your team’s penalty box they will find it easier to score goals and win penalties. One way of combating this threat is to teach your players the art of defending the edge of the 18-yard area. MORE


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