Core Skills

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.

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 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 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

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