Practice plans

How to coach shielding the ball- part 1

The shield

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

This session is crucial to develop a competitive edge in your players. Learning how to challenge for the ball and shield it from an opponent is a vital part of a player’s development as it has big relevance in real games. MORE

How to coach a positive first touch - part 1

A touch of class

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Good players understand that a positive first touch will do more than just bring the ball under control – it will also move it into space. This creates more time for them to make their next decision so it is an important skill to master. MORE

How to coach shielding the ball - part 1

Strength in shielding

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Keeping hold of the ball while under pressure from a defender is one of the most important skills your players can have. Knowing they can shield it from danger means they won’t lose possession and it will give them the confidence and time to execute other skills. MORE

How to run a squeeze and stretch drill- part 1

Squeeze and stretch

in 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

How to coach beating an opponent - part 1

Take him on

in Practice plans, Soccer dribbling drills

All across the country you will hear the instruction “take him on”, but you cannot expect your players to have the confidence to take on and beat an opponent in a match, unless you practise in training. MORE

How to coach strong formation drills- part 1

A formidable formation

in Practice plans

Having a formation that your players know will give your team good organisation. If players can use the shape to help when defending and attacking, this simple 4-3-3 set-up can be used to great effect. MORE

How to coach pack attacking drills- part 1

Hunting in packs

in Practice plans, Team Management

When trying to pressure opponents, it’s important that players don’t work alone as they will be outnumbered and simply played around. The key to regaining the ball quickly is for players to work together and hunt aggressively in small groups. MORE

How to coach head down - part 1

Head down

in Heading, Practice plans

Improve your team’s chances of hitting the back of the net from aerial crosses with this session that focuses on attacking headers. MORE

How to coach the covering defender – part 1

Covering defender

in 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

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