Advanced Skills

How to coach scoring from crosses- part 1

Scoring from crosses

in Advanced Skills, Crossing, Practice plans

Good build up play will allow wingers to exploit width, putting them in a position to get the ball into the box for your forwards to attack. This session shows your players how to turn these opportunities into goals by getting players on the end of crosses. MORE

How to coach back four drills- part 1

The back four

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

The most commonly used defensive system requires four outfield players in a line in front of the keeper. The practices in this season recreate match scenarios in which players must defend strongly to stop opponents from scoring. MORE

How to coach pressure play drills- part 1

Pressure points

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

Barcelona are a great attacking team but it is their defensive style adds a lot to how they become so attacking. A high pressure defence means attackers try to win the ball high up the pitch. Even if they don’t win the ball, the opposition is still likely to make mistakes. MORE

How to coach defending zone drills- part 1

Defend your zone

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

“Zonal” defending refers to players keeping their position in a formation and not moving into another defender’s zone. It is vital a defender is able to prevent an attacker beating him in a 1v1 situation in his zone. MORE

How to coach defensive square drills- part 1

The defensive squeeze

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

If defenders can improve their movement and communication, attacks can be stopped. The practices in this session will help enhance your defenders’ ability to squeeze across and remain compact. The defence can then apply pressure on attackers. MORE

How to coach defending carousel drills- part 1

Defending carousel

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve your team’s defending techniques. It uses a diamond pattern that means stopping attacks is performed by one or two defenders and works in quick succession so your players are always occupied. MORE

How to coach high presure defence drills- part 1


in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

Regaining possession of the ball can be done by defending in small groups. The main emphasis of this session is to get your players working hard to pressure the opposition and force mistakes so it loses the ball. MORE

How to coach defending in a pair- part 1

Defending in twos

in Advanced Skills, Defending, Practice plans

This session looks at two defenders working together to stop attackers. The session tests their ability to communicate and support when attackers are running towards goal, and when they receive the ball with their backs to goal. MORE

How to run a squeeze and stretch drill- part 1

Squeeze and stretch

in Advanced Skills, Practice plans, Soccer tackling drills

Defenders often squeeze high up the pitch when their team is attacking. If your players can stop an attack, they have the opportunity to capitalise on the space behind the opposition defence. The key is in the quality of the forward pass and movement from your attackers to break the offside trap. MORE

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