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.
The midfield screen is a defensive line, shielding defenders from penetrating through balls and 1v1 situations. Use this session to get your midfield working as a unit to give the defenders behind them some protection. MORE
Having players comfortable in possession, as well as being quick and accurate passers, are key elements to a winning team. “3-2-1 control and pass” improves your players’ ability to control and pass the ball at different heights and speeds. MORE
Good communication between attackers is vital for a successful partnership because occupying the same area makes space easier to defend. “Cross fire” encourages your attackers to build an understanding of the runs they must make to create space. MORE
After being coached the basic skills of receiving and controlling the ball, players should be in the habit of using a positive first touch to move the ball into space. This creates more time for them to look up and see if a team mate is available before they make their next decision. Use this session to improve your players’ first touch and spatial awareness. MORE
This session will improve the first touch of your attacking players. A centre forward must have a good first touch in order to guide the ball into space or away from a defender to shoot. Improving this skill will add speed to the forwards’ play and enable them to shoot at goal quickly in order to catch goalkeepers by surprise. MORE
Do you want your team to score more goals? If you can improve your strikers’ ability to score goals from various positions in the penalty area and with different techniques, then this session will help. MORE
Four balls, four goals and four chances to make a save, all wrapped up with a 4v4. This fast paced shot stopping session would even test the likes of Italian goalkeeping greats Gianluigi Buffon and Dino Zoff. MORE
The term “perfect hat-trick” is given to a player who is able to score a hat-trick (three goals in the same game) using his right foot, left foot and head. This session will improve your players’ all-round finishing skills. MORE
This series of drills will help your attackers take on defenders in crucial 1v1 battles. This is an important skill all players need because there are so many one-on-one encounters everywhere on the pitch. MORE
The term “hungry striker” is given to an attacker who has a burning desire to score. Players like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are prime examples. They work hard for the team by pressuring opposition defenders in order to win the ball or force a mistake. MORE
Using a full back as an offensive weapon was made popular by the Brazilian national team. This session will help you develop “Brazilian” full backs in your team, giving it greater numbers in offence and increasing your attacking options. MORE