This session is designed to improve movement off the ball in order to lose a defender and receive a pass. MORE
Looking for a ready-made solution to your coaching problems?
These core skills practice plans provides 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 challenging? Try our Advanced 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.
Players can find the game mentally tiring and it is important they retain their composure. This session will help them pass and receive the ball when the opposition puts them under intense pressure. MORE
The reverse pass is a great attacking weapon because it uses disguise to surprise and unlock well-drilled defences. MORE
Catching the ball is a fundamental goalkeeping technique, and the best way to receive balls arriving at chest height or above is to set the hands in either a “W” or diamond shape. MORE
This session is designed to improve communication amongst your players through a series of simple passing and receiving exercises. MORE
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
They don’t look as spectacular or nearly as much fun as flying through the air to tip a powerful effort over the bar, but for goalkeepers being able to save shots that skim along the ground is just as important. MORE
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
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
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
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
Help your attacking midfielders get into advanced positions to create and score goals with this drill. MORE
Help your goalkeepers perfect the most eye-catching save possible. This is a full-length dive through the air to tip a goal-bound shot around the post. MORE
Whether committing a defender in a 2v1 situation, bursting through a defence into space, or starting an attack from the back, moving with the ball quickly into space is a fundamental attacking skill. MORE
There are times when rather than just sending the ball upfield as far as possible following a back pass, a goalkeeper may have time and a team-mate available to retain possession. MORE
Defenders must be able to cope in 1v1 battles against attackers. This session will help you teach your players how to keep the “goals against” column to a minimum. MORE
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
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
Goalkeepers should be as comfortable with the ball at their feet as they are with it in their hands, particularly when they receive and clear back passes from their defenders. MORE
Combination play in the form of quick, accurate passing and movement can be the key to unlocking defenses to create opportunities to shoot at goal. MORE
The goal doesn’t move, so when your forwards receive the ball with their backs to goal they should know where to shoot without aiming. MORE
Being able to keep control of the ball while changing direction when dribbling is an important skill that players must use in matches, especially when trying to beat or avoid a defender. MORE
Goalkeepers have to be alert even if they don’t have a lot to do in some games. Any attack on their goal can be prevented by early action such as interrupting long balls to sweep away danger. MORE
It may only be for a split second, but having a good “ready” position will give a goalkeeper a good platform from which to make a save. Such preparation can be the difference between winning and losing a match. MORE