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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 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

How to coach dynamic midfielder drills- part 1

The dynamic midfielder

in Midfield, Practice plans

The term “box to box” is given to midfielders who are able to get from one penalty box to the other in order to both create and score goals. This dynamic type of player is worth his weight in gold because he is vital in defence as well. MORE

How to coach players to look around the pitch - part 1

Nosy parker

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s important your players develop the habit of constantly looking around the pitch to see what’s happening so that when they receive the ball, they know how much time they have in possession and also the ball’s next destination. MORE

How to coach first time shooting - part 1

All your eggs in one basket

in Practice plans, Shooting

Have a bit of fun with this Easter-themed session that also has the serious goal of improving your players’ first-time shooting skills. In the final game, if you can put all your eggs (balls) in the basket (goal) before the opposition, you are the Easter champion. MORE

How to coach easter egg fun drills- part 1

Easter egg cup

in Practice plans

Try out this fun session in which two teams compete to win the Easter egg cup. This type of practice makes a great change from your normal style of training and is guaranteed fun for the players. MORE

How to coach strikers to shift and shoot - part 1

Shift and shoot

in Practice plans, Shooting

If a striker can shake off defenders in tight areas and create room to take a shot, your team is bound to score more goals. Here’s how you can teach that technique. MORE

How to coach support pass drills- part 1

Support the pass

in Passing, Practice plans

When playing the ball forward to a team mate, players need to make runs to support the pass and give the receiving player an option for his next move. This session looks at movement off the ball. MORE

How to coach defending in pairs - part 1

Double defending

in Defending, Practice plans

It is crucial that your first two defending players nearest the ball know what they should be doing when the other team has possession. A pair working in tandem can slow down attacks and win back possession efficiently. MORE

How to coach a keeper to work the angles - part 1

Working the angles

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Much of a keeper’s role is about making sure he is in the right position in relation to the ball and the goal, particularly when an attacker is bearing down on goal and ready to shoot. MORE

How to coach overload shooting - part 1

Overload shooting

in Practice plans, Shooting

To increase your team’s chances of scoring goals, you can increase the number of players in your attack. This session will help improve decision-making abilities in your strikers for overload situations and the net result will be more goals. MORE

How to coach a good first touch - part 1

A good first touch

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

A high-quality controlling touch away from opposition pressure is critical because it allows your players to retain possession and gives them vital time before executing their next move. In this drill, that will be a pass to a team mate. MORE

How to coach defending crosses - part 1

Defending crosses

in Defending, Practice plans

The priorities for any defender when dealing with an opposition cross is to be first to the ball, clear it out of the danger area, and, if successful with the first two aspects, get themselves out of the area to reorganise. MORE

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


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