Practice plans

How to coach defending in a pair- part 1

Defending in twos

in Defending, Practice plans

This session looks at two defenders working together to stop attackers. The session tests their ability to communicate and support when attackers are running towards goal, and when they receive the ball with their backs to goal. MORE

How to coach high presure defence drills- part 1


in Defending, Practice plans

Regaining possession of the ball can be done by defending in small groups. The main emphasis of this session is to get your players working hard to pressure the opposition and force mistakes so it loses the ball. MORE

How to coach defensive strategies - part 1

Force field

in Defending, Practice plans

When the opposition is in possession of the ball, a defensive strategy your team can employ is to force them into areas of the pitch that don’t pose a threat to your goal. MORE

Back foot driver

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve your players’ ability to receive passes on the back foot. The term “back foot” is used to describe the foot farthest away from the nearest opponent. Once receiving the ball, players are encouraged to drive forward with the ball and attack. MORE

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

Follow us