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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 defending under pressure drills- part 1

Hold the line

in Defending, Practice plans

It is the last minute of a cup final and your team is 1-0 up. The opposition is firing long balls and crosses into your penalty area. Can your team remain calm and clear the danger? MORE

How to coach players to keep the ball on the deck - part 1

Keep it on the deck

in Passing, Practice plans

Retaining possession of the ball by passing it along the ground in all areas of the pitch requires courage and good technique, but as Spain has proved in recent tournaments, it can be a blueprint for success. MORE

How to coach attackers to shoot - part 1

Hot shots

in Practice plans, Shooting

Your attackers will have a better chance of beating the opposition goalkeeper if they strike the ball first time. A goalkeeper or defence is less likely to be ready to deal with such a shot and this could result in more goals for your team. MORE

How to coach midfield pasing drills- part 1

Midfield maestro

in Midfield, Practice plans

Arsenal and Barcelona are excellent examples of teams that play composed football through their Midfield Maestros (Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets). This session will help your team launch attacks through the middle of the pitch. MORE

How to coach football fitness drills- part 1

Fit 4 football

in Fitness and Diet, Practice plans

Improving your team’s fitness in the pre-season period could be the key to a winning start. These practices aim to develop fitness through the use of a range of movements, changes of speed and the use of smallsided games. MORE

How to coach blocks and tackles - part 1

Block and tackle

in Practice plans, Soccer tackling drills

If your defenders want to be the next John Terry, or Nemanja Vidic, they will need to be able to stop opposition attackers from taking shots at goal. This session will help teach the virtues of blocking shots and tackling players. MORE

How to coach pressure drills- part 1

Nearest adds pressure

in Defending, Practice plans

A good defence will be able to pressure its opposition into making a mistake. The rule of this session is that the nearest player to the ball must go to pressure the opponent in possession. MORE

How to coach finishing techniques - part 1

Finishing school

in Practice plans, Shooting

To score goals, players need to have the correct techniques and ability to use all parts of either foot. This session will have your players practising a variety of shooting techniques. MORE

How to coach last hero action drill - part 1

Last action hero

in Practice plans

All players want to score the winning goal or at least make a skilful run to set up the winner. The key is to have a sound ability in basic techniques. This session puts together a range of techniques in a fun, all-action skills circuit. MORE

How to coach your team to play out from the back - part 1

Playing out from the back

in Passing, Practice plans

One of the most attractive and effective ways of scoring goals is to use the entire team by playing the ball out from the back. From the goalkeeper, through the defence and midfield, to a forward who can finish the move. MORE

How to coach lofted pass drills- part 1

The lofted pass

in Passing, Practice plans

An accurate, well-weighted, lofted pass will allow your team to exploit space behind the opponent’s midfield or defence. This does not mean simply hoofing the ball upfield. MORE

How to coach defensive positioning - part 1

In the zone

in Defending, Practice plans

Teaching your players the art of defensive positioning and how to work as a unit will help stop opposition attacks and that means conceding fewer goals. MORE

How to coach keepers to use their feet - part 1

Use your feet keeper

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Modern goalkeepers are as comfortable controlling the ball with their feet as they are with their hands. Having this ability allows them to help their team retain possession after they receive a back pass. MORE

How to coach controlling play drills- part 1

The Conductor

in Midfield, Practice plans

The conductor may be the person who controls a group of musicians but on your team, he pulls the strings when it comes to attacks. Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona is one famous player who thrives in this crucial role. MORE

How to coach getting a yard drill- part 1

Get a yard

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Improving your players’ skill levels could give them the ability to beat an opponent in tight areas. The theme is “getting a yard” and encourages players to realise that a yard of space is all that is needed to score or create a goal. MORE


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