This session is crucial to develop a competitive edge in your players. Learning how to challenge for the ball and shield it from an opponent is a vital part of a player’s development as it has big relevance in real games. MORE
Looking for a ready-made solution to your coaching problems?
These advanced skills practice plans provide the blueprint for an entire session of fundamentals 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. Looking for something more straightforward for younger or less experienced players? Try our Core Skills practice plans to develop your players further.
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. So you can be confident you’re giving your players the best possible soccer education.
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
Having a formation that your players know will give your team good organisation. If players can use the shape to help when defending and attacking, this simple 4-3-3 set-up can be used to great effect. MORE
This session improves the ability to maintain possession using the “spine” of the team: The goalkeeper, central defenders, central midfielders and central attacker. MORE
This goalkeeping circuit improves your goalkeeper’s allround handling skills. From catching under pressure to getting rid of the ball quickly and making reaction saves, this session will improve their technique and decision making. MORE
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
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
This session works on improving a ‘keeper’s ability to deal with a high ball over their head. This can happen when caught off their line or if a cross catches on the wind. It will also test general footwork and handling. MORE
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
This week’s session improves your goalkeeper’s active participation during the game. The practices will develop a range of techniques from footwork, starting positions, passing and receiving and communication. MORE
Give your goalkeepers a complete workout with this exhaustive session that focuses on shot stopping, reactions, communication and distribution. MORE
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
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
Improve your players’ awareness of space and how to switch play to find room to attack with this simple-to-follow session. MORE
If your players can make space inside a crowded penalty area to receive the ball, they will also have time to take a shot at goal. MORE
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
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
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
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
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
In modern day football all goalkeepers need to be comfortable when dealing with back passes. MORE
This session is designed to improve 1v1 duels in the midfield. The players are forced to continually attack and defend 1v1 in order to get a chance to attack and score a goal. MORE
Forwards must always be “alive” and ready to react should a defender fail to clear the ball, miss-control, play a poor pass or not react to a rebound off the goalkeeper. Use this session to keep your forwards alert and they will steal goals for your team. MORE
Good passing and movement will generate instances of 4 v 2 overload. Take these chances when they arise and you’ll win the game. This session shows your players how to maximize the opportunity. MORE