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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 attacking play - part 1

Attacking play

in Attacking, Practice plans

Recent sessions have given your players dribbling, passing and decision-making skills. This session encourages your players to put these skills into practice in a team environment with the aim of building movement in attack and creating more goal-scoring opportunities. MORE

How to coach lone stiker drills- part 1

The lone striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

A lot of teams now play with a lone striker supported by players from midfield. The modern striker must have a number of attributes. These include running deep to receive the ball, holding the ball up, dribbling at speed and shooting with either foot. This session aims to improve these skills in a number of 1v1 exercises. MORE

How to coach players to keep calm under pressure - part 1

Don’t panic under pressure

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s tough trying to keep calm and pass the ball when the opposition’s defenders are swarming around, but being able to do so will mean your team is less likely to give away possession and so retain control of the ball. MORE

How to coach central and wide attack drills- part 1

Attacking centrally and wide

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session develops attacking play from both central and wide positions. Your team should firstly look to attack through the centre as that is the quickest way to the goal. However, opponents will often block these areas and therefore your team must know how to attack down the wide areas too. MORE

How to coach tracking drills- part 1

Track your man

in Defending, Practice plans

If your players can improve their individual defending when man marking and tracking their opponent’s runs, your team is far less likely to concede goals. MORE

How to coach players to shake off the marker - part 1

Shake off the marker

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Players often get frustrated when closely marked as they do not have the luxury of time and space to perform their skills. This session shows your players how to shake off a marker and create space to receive a pass. This will give them time to execute their next skill, whether it is a pass, shot or dribble. MORE

How to coach passing with purpose - part 1

Passing with purpose

in Passing, Practice plans

An attacking team’s first priority when passing is to play positively towards a target. If they’re prevented from reaching that target, their second aim is to retain possession until they can find an opportunity to pass. This session focuses on risk and reward. Do your players pass or do they keep the ball? MORE

How to coach a stall and turn - part 1

Stall the turn

in Defending, Practice plans

Defenders can reduce the threat on their goal by keeping the other team’s forwards facing the opposite direction and moving them away from the penalty area. Use this session to enhance your defenders’ skills at closing down attackers and clearing the danger without necessarily making a tackle. MORE

How to coach rugby football drills- part1

Rugby football

in Attacking, Practice plans

Despite the many differences between football and rugby, there are principles of rugby which can be used on the football pitch. This session does not allow any forward passing – the same as in rugby – and allows your players to work on using supporting players and using solo dribbling skills. MORE

How to coach winning mentality drills- part 1

A winning mentality

in Practice plans, Team Management

Instilling a winning mentality in your team can result in a positive outcome on your results. Doing this can help players win their 1v1 duels. The practices in this coaching plan encourage both good defending, attacking and concentration skills. MORE

How to coach keepers to collect crosses - part 1

The cross collector

in Defending, Practice plans

Dealing with crosses as part of a defensive unit is a large part of a goalkeeper’s job. That, is why it is vital to spend time on the practice ground helping your goalkeeper with their positioning, communication and punching and catching skills. “The cross collector” shows you how. MORE

How to coach sweeper drills- part 1

Minesweeper

in Defending, Practice plans

The role of a sweeper is given to a player that plays behind the line of defenders. It is that player’s duty to cover the space behind and sweep across to remove the danger of the opponent’s attacks. This is how you can develop the use of a “minesweeper” in your team. MORE

How to coach players to find space - part 1

Switch to find space

in Attacking, Practice plans

By constantly probing the opposition’s defence by switching the point of the attack from side to side, eventually a space will open up that can be exploited. This session will help you teach your players how to work the ball into such posi MORE

How to coach defensive ball winning drills- part 1

First contact

in Defending, Practice plans

Not all players enjoy defending so it is essential practices are competitive, fun and give the player a reward for winning the ball (the chance to score a goal!) Encourage your defenders to make “First contact” in the bid to thwart an attack. MORE

How to coach showboating and individual skill- part 1

Showboating

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Players should be encouraged to express themselves in practice. This will improve their confidence in matches and they are more likely to try out some skills. You should inspire your players by asking them to play in the “showboating” role of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. MORE

How to coach one man army drill - part 1

One man army

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Improve your players’ close control skills with these easy-to-set-up drills which place the emphasis on the individual. Each player can become a “one man army” if he can keep the ball away from opponents. MORE

How to coach blocking and intercepting drills- part 1

Block and intercept

in Defending, Practice plans

Teaching your players how to block or intercept an opposition forward pass will help your team regain possession of the ball. Remember – you can’t concede a goal if you have the ball. MORE


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