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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 the next Michael Carrick - part 1

The next… Fernandinho

in Defending, Practice plans

Manchester City's Fernandinho has shown how a defensive midfielder can intercept the ball to break up attacks and then begin a counter attack. This session will help your players emulate the Manchester United star. MORE

How to coach keepers in a 1v1 -part 1

Smother the shot

in 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 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

How to coach passing drills- freeze football part 1

Freeze football

in Passing, Practice plans

Passing without movement isn’t going to get your team very far. This session encourages your players to make movements to receive the ball on the run in between the lines of the opposition. MORE

How to coach accurate shooting drills- part 1

Netbusters

in Practice plans, Shooting

session aims to improve the attitude to shooting at goal by concentrating on having a good first touch or by combining with team mates in order to create space for a shot. MORE

How to coach passing to maintain possession - part 1

Pass like you mean it

in Passing, Practice plans

Passing to maintain possession is one thing; passing to hurt the opposition by moving them around and breaking through defensive lines is another and requires instilling a sense of purpose in players. MORE

How to coach goalkeepers on 1v1 situations- part 1

Goalkeeper 1v1

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper’s job is to make it as difficult as possible for an opposition striker to score in any situation. And when it’s just the goalkeeper against a striker in a 1 v 1, it is essential that the goalkeeper uses all the tools within his/her arsenal to make it as tough as possible for the striker to score. MORE

How to coach middle man play- part 1

The middle man

in Midfield, Practice plans

The playmaking midfielder is a player every team can benefit from. If you think of Andrea Pirlo, Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez, you can see how influential their ability to play and receive passes is when it comes to launching attacks. MORE

How to coach a goalkeeper's two-fisted punch - part 1

Goalkeeper’s two-fisted punch

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are times when a goalkeeper can’t catch a flighted ball, such as when the penalty box is crowded, so the next best option is to clear the ball as far away as possible. The two-fisted punch is the most effective way to do this. MORE

How to coach shooting preperation drills- part 1

Set up shots to find the net

in Practice plans, Shooting

In matches, forwards often have to play with their backs to goal. This will allow defenders and midfielders to make positive forward passes into attacking areas of the pitch and support those passes with good runs. Then they can expect accurate set-ups by forwards to shoot. MORE

How to coach advanced striker drills- part 1

The Ultimate Striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

Soccer is an unpredictable game and the complete striker needs to have the tools to be able to react to all situations. This session gives your players the chance to attempt a range of finishing techniques in a short and intense period of time. MORE

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