Practice plans

How to coach defensive priority drills- part 1

Defending priorities

in Defending, Practice plans

When your opponent has the ball it is vital to focus on prioritising areas of danger in your defence. Once these areas have been identified, your team needs to keep the ball away from them. MORE

How to coach interceptions -part 1

Cut it out

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players the art of intercepting or “stealing” the ball – like Real Madrid centre back Ricardo Carvalho or Manchester United’s midfielder Michael Carrick – with this session. MORE

How to win the ball back quickly - part 1

Win the ball back quickly

in Defending, Practice plans

Pressing the opposition to win back the ball when possession is lost requires teamwork, concentration and hard work. It’s a tactic Barcelona have used in recent years and, if it’s good enough for arguably the greatest club side ever, then it’s good enough for most teams. MORE

How to coach switch drills- part 1

The switch

in Passing, Practice plans

When your team attacks, a quick switch of play can be used to create space on the opposite side of the pitch. This can often lead to opportunities to dribble into space or attack the opponent in a 1v1 or 2v1 situation. Here is how you can teach your players these skills. MORE

How to coach possesion play drills- part 1

Possession play

in Passing, Practice plans

Developing a calm and composed attitude when in possession of the ball will help your team. A great way to learn how to do this is with fun, small-sided games. MORE

How to coach 2v1s - part 1

Make the most of a 2v1

in Attacking, Practice plans

The wrong timing or weight of pass, poor control, badly judged runs – all these factors and more can combine to ruin a perfectly decent 2v1 attacking situation. Don’t let your players make those mistakes. MORE

How to coach switching play- part 1

Switch up

in Passing, Practice plans

When one side of the pitch is blocked by the opposition it is vital to “switch play” and move the attack to the opposite side of the field. A switch of play is used to create space to attack on the wings and may involve a 1v1 or 2v1 situation on that side of the pitch. MORE

How to coach attacking run drills- part 1

Get in the box

in Midfield, Practice plans

Making runs into the penalty box and reaching the ball from crosses is key to any team’s chances of scoring goals. This session will improve your team’s ability to attack effectively. MORE

How to coach fast-feet switch - part 1

Fast-feet switch

in Practice plans, Turning

Players will find the skills learned in this session helpful for when they want to change the direction of an attack or work their way out of a tight situation. MORE

How to coach defenders to block shots with their body - part 1

Defending shots with body blocks

in Defending, Practice plans

The attacker is inside the penalty box and poised to shoot, but the defender isn’t close enough to make a tackle. That leaves one option for the defender: to block the shot by throwing their body between the ball and the goal. MORE

How to coach defending drills- part 1


in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the ability to defend in various game situations. The practices develop from 1v1 through to 3v3 and team defending. MORE

How to coach back four defence drills-part 1

Defending as a back four

in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the individual players within your defence and the defence as a unit. The practices cover key aspects such as pressuring techniques, cover and support positions and the shape of the defence in relation to the ball. MORE

How to coach players finishing - part 1

Finishing off attacks

in Practice plans, Shooting

Scoring goals is one of the key aims of football. This technical session works on finishing and movement. It gets players shooting from both sides of the penalty area and from the centre. MORE

How to coach distance passing - part 1

Distance Passing

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s important to be able to pass the ball over long distances because it’s often the quickest way to exploit the space behind a defence, or the fastest method of switching the point of attack and so create space. MORE

How to coach turning drills- part 1

The art of turning

in Practice plans, Turning

Being able to turn with the ball under close control is an important skill in any player’s armoury. “The art of turning” will improve your players’ ability to turn whilst dribbling the ball and turning away from a defender when receiving a pass. MORE

How to coach a break out - part 1

Break out

in Attacking, Practice plans

Test a range of attacking skills with this drill that requires your players to escape from a central area and keep their cool to beat the goalkeeper. MORE

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