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Practice plans

Looking for a ready-made solution to your coaching problems?

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 6 to 16, and are appropriate for adult teams too. We’ve split them into two categories Core Skills and Advanced Skills to help you find the best session to fit your team.

And the best bit? They’re written by legendary West Ham Utd Academy Director, Tony Carr – the man responsible for a generation of talent that includes England stars Frank Lampard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick & Joe Cole – plus many more besides.

As a Soccer Coach Weekly subscriber you can access all 630 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 goalkeeper distribution drills- part 1

England’s number one

in Advanced Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Goalkeeping is not simply about making eye-catching dives to the top corner of the goal. This session will help improve your goalkeepers’ distribution, catching from crosses and shot stopping – and your outfield players will benefit in dribbling, crossing and shooting techniques. MORE

How to coach the covering defender – part 1

Covering defender

in Core Skills, Defending, Practice plans

When a defender is applying pressure to an attacker with the ball it's important that they have back up in the form of a second or covering defender. That's to ensure that if the attacker beats the first defender, any progress is stifled by the second one. MORE

How to coach goalkeeper distribution drills- part 1

Release-the-goalkeeper

in Advanced Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Look to improve your goalkeeper’s confidence by enhancing their ability to receive and pass the ball. This in turn will improve the trust between your goalkeeper and outfield players, who will feel more confident in passing back when placed under pressure. MORE

How to coach pack attacking drills- part 1

Hunting in packs

in Advanced Skills, Practice plans, Team Management

When trying to pressure opponents, it’s important that players don’t work alone as they will be outnumbered and simply played around. The key to regaining the ball quickly is for players to work together and hunt aggressively in small groups. MORE

How to coach heading from crosses - part 1

Heading from crosses

in Core Skills, Heading, Practice plans

A high percentage of goals are scored from crosses into the penalty area, which is why it is crucial to practise attacking headers. Some footballers, especially young players, don’t like to head the ball. Use this session to teach your players the correct technique when running to meet a cross and heading towards goal. MORE

How to coach recovery saves- part 1

Recovery saves

in Advanced Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are situations in games where goalkeepers are required to make several saves within a short space of time, just a few seconds. This session encourages your goalkeeper to react quickly and adjust their position to make the next save. MORE

How to coach keeper to shut down angles - part 1

Get your angles right

in Core Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Soccer commentators are always expressing disapproval when a goalkeeper is beaten by a shot on his near post. Why? Because it is a sure sign he hasn’t positioned himself correctly. This session will iron out any such problems your keeper might have. MORE

How to coach keepers in a 1v1 -part 1

Smother the shot

in Core Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

When an attacker is clean through on goal and wants to dribble around the keeper, the attacker should be favourite to score. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty a keeper can do to give himself a better chance of emerging as the winner in this 1v1 duel. MORE

How to coach goalkeepers to close the angle- part 1

Narrow the angle

in Advanced Skills, Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Improving your goalkeeper’s ability to come off the goal line to pressure the attacking forward and narrow the shooting angles will stop your team leaking easy goals. If there is less for an attacker to aim at, scoring goals will inevitably be tougher. MORE

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