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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 point blank saves - part 1

Point blank saves

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are times when the distance between the attacker and the goal is so small, the only way a goalkeeper can stop the ball is by taking up a good position to stop a shot and relying on quick reactions. MORE

How to coach a keeper to catch the ball - part 1

Catch of the day

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper that can confidently catch high crosses will provide welcome relief for any defence. Not only is the goalkeeper likely to stop goals being scored, he will boost confidence in the rest of his team. MORE

How to coach defensive midfielder drills- part 1

The midfield enforcer

in Midfield, Practice plans

The enforcer’s role in the team is to stop opponent’s attacks by applying pressure and making tackles. He plays just in front of the defence and is often the first resistance an opposition attack faces. MORE

How to coach the offside rule - part 1

Offside made easy

in Practice plans

The offside law is difficult to explain and requires a lot of patience on the part of the coach. However, use this simple set of drills regularly to reinforce the basic principles and it won’t be long before your players start to get the hang of it. MORE

How to coach fancy feet - part 1

Fancy feet

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Displaying quick, fancy footwork isn’t just useful for showing off – being able to manipulate the ball at speed will help your players get out of tricky situations or create space for themselves when required. MORE

How to coach threaded through ball drills- part 1

Threaded through balls

in Passing, Practice plans

Attackers such as Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka thrive on through balls and score most of their goals with this method. Your players need to develop their ability to make these passes for the forward to run on to. MORE

How to coach crossing and switching drills- part 1

Cross town traffic

in Passing, Practice plans

Tearing an opposition defence apart is exciting and can be done especially well on the wing. But what can you do if the wing is blocked? Cross the ball to the other side and create chaos there instead. MORE

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


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