Practice plans

How to coach varying pass drills- part 1

Mix and match

in Passing, Practice plans

In matches, players have to make a range of passes across various distances. The practices in this session are designed to improve awareness of when to use a short pass and when a longer pass is required. MORE

How to coach shooting across goal- part 1

Shooting across the goal

in Practice plans, Shooting

This session will encourage your players to play the percentage game. Shooting across the goal enables the team two chances to score – either directly from the shot or from any rebounds that follow. MORE

How to coach group defence drills- part 1

“Gang up” defending

in Defending, Practice plans

When a defender puts pressure on an attacker, it is vital that another defender stays close by in a supporting position. This session is designed to improve how your players “gang up” in defensive situations. In doing so, they will improve their understanding, positioning and teamwork. MORE

How to coach stiker accuracy drills- part 1

The killer instinct

in Practice plans, Shooting

Remaining composed when faced with just the keeper to beat is vital for a striker. This session will show you how to teach your hitmen how to hit the target and win matches. MORE

How to coach centre forward movement- part 1

The finishing square

in Practice plans, Shooting

The practices in this session are designed to improve the movement of the centre forward when receiving the ball and the awareness of midfielders to make an accurate forward pass and then support this pass with a forward run. MORE

How to coach goalkeeper kicking and handling drills- part 1

Safe hands and safe feet

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

The ability to deal with balls that come to the goalkeeper from all angles is one of the most important parts of a goalkeeper’s game. It relies on positioning, technique and good decision making. Most importantly, keepers need to be good with their feet as well as their hands. MORE

How to coach instant shooting - part 1

The instant shot

in Practice plans, Shooting

Striking the ball first time at goal requires good service, timing and technique. With benefits including reducing the amount of time keepers have to prepare themselves, it’s worth giving it a shot. MORE

Defend together

in Defending, Practice plans

Improve your team’s ability to defend when under constant pressure from opposition attacks. Remember that when your rivals don’t have the ball, they can’t score a goal. MORE

Coaching how to run Line drills- part 1

Line drills

in Attacking, Practice plans

1v1 Split your players into two teams. To “score a goal” the attacking player must dribble past the defender and into the “end zone”. Encourage the attacking player to perform a variety of feints before powerfully accelerating with the ball into space. Give each team a turn at attacking, the team with the most “goals” wins. MORE

How to coach a diagonal run and shot - part 1

Diagonal run and shot

in Practice plans, Shooting

Even the best defences will be breached if your forwards make diagonal runs from wide and receive a well-timed through pass. This shooting drill will help your players perfect their timing when making diagonal runs and getting a shot at goal. MORE

How to coach Spanish style football- part 1

Olé football

in Passing, Practice plans

Spain and Barcelona mesmerise their opponents when in possession of the ball. Improve your players’ composure when they have the ball to emulate the Spanish. This session will help your players retain possession and if the opposition do not have the ball, they cannot score any goals. MORE

How to coach shooting on sight - part 1

Shoot on sight

in Practice plans, Shooting

A snap shot at goal can be the difference between two teams on match day. When the chance to shoot arises, your players need to take advantage of the opportunity. MORE

How to coach goal poaching drills- part 1

The goal poacher

in Practice plans, Shooting

This week’s session is designed to improve your players’ ability to score goals inside the penalty area. The term “goal poacher” describes a player who is desperate to score goals and is constantly looking to get a toe, foot or head on the ball to do so. MORE

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