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 2v1s - part 1

Make the most of a 2v1

in Attacking, Practice plans

The wrong timing or weight of pass, poor control, badly judged runs – all these factors and more can combine to ruin a perfectly decent 2v1 attacking situation. Don’t let your players make those mistakes. MORE

How to coach switching play- part 1

Switch up

in Passing, Practice plans

When one side of the pitch is blocked by the opposition it is vital to “switch play” and move the attack to the opposite side of the field. A switch of play is used to create space to attack on the wings and may involve a 1v1 or 2v1 situation on that side of the pitch. MORE

How to coach attacking run drills- part 1

Get in the box

in Midfield, Practice plans

Making runs into the penalty box and reaching the ball from crosses is key to any team’s chances of scoring goals. This session will improve your team’s ability to attack effectively. MORE

How to coach fast-feet switch - part 1

Fast-feet switch

in Practice plans, Turning

Players will find the skills learned in this session helpful for when they want to change the direction of an attack or work their way out of a tight situation. MORE

How to coach defenders to block shots with their body - part 1

Defending shots with body blocks

in Defending, Practice plans

The attacker is inside the penalty box and poised to shoot, but the defender isn’t close enough to make a tackle. That leaves one option for the defender: to block the shot by throwing their body between the ball and the goal. MORE

How to coach defending drills- part 1


in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the ability to defend in various game situations. The practices develop from 1v1 through to 3v3 and team defending. MORE

How to coach back four defence drills-part 1

Defending as a back four

in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the individual players within your defence and the defence as a unit. The practices cover key aspects such as pressuring techniques, cover and support positions and the shape of the defence in relation to the ball. MORE

How to coach players finishing - part 1

Finishing off attacks

in Practice plans, Shooting

Scoring goals is one of the key aims of football. This technical session works on finishing and movement. It gets players shooting from both sides of the penalty area and from the centre. MORE

How to coach distance passing - part 1

Distance Passing

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s important to be able to pass the ball over long distances because it’s often the quickest way to exploit the space behind a defence, or the fastest method of switching the point of attack and so create space. MORE

How to coach turning drills- part 1

The art of turning

in Practice plans, Turning

Being able to turn with the ball under close control is an important skill in any player’s armoury. “The art of turning” will improve your players’ ability to turn whilst dribbling the ball and turning away from a defender when receiving a pass. MORE

How to coach a break out - part 1

Break out

in Attacking, Practice plans

Test a range of attacking skills with this drill that requires your players to escape from a central area and keep their cool to beat the goalkeeper. MORE

How to coach three zone attack drills- part 1

Three zone attack

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session improves your team’s attacking play through a series of small-sided games. These take place on a pitch divided into three playing zones, allowing you to set different conditions for the players to create goal scoring chances. MORE

How to coach skill channel drills- part 1

The skill channel

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Find your team’s Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo with this session. It will improve your players’ dribbling ability in order to attack and run past defenders in 1v1 situations. “The skill channel” develops changes in speed and direction, plus using an individual skill to beat the defender. MORE

How to coach a 4 game drill on one pitch- part 1

4 Games, 1 Pitch

in Practice plans

Set the pitch up at the start of the session and you won’t need to touch another cone until you pack up. The initial setup allows the session to progress smoothly from warm-up through to game. MORE

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