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Soccer drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh soccer drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Soccer Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.
 

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

6v6 transition

in Midfield, Passing

This session is all about possession play in a tight midfield area. Players must use quick decision-making coupled with crisp, clean passing to move the ball between target players. MORE

Switch on

in Attacking, Tactics

Use this session to encourage your team to switch play in order to keep the opposition defenders unbalanced and to create attacking opportunities MORE

Find the gap

in Attacking, Tactics

When a gap opens up on the other side of the opposition defence, how quickly can your team switch play to create a scoring chance? Use this session to teach players how to do it. MORE

How to coach finishing techniques - part 1

Finishing school

in Practice plans, Shooting

To score goals, players need to have the correct techniques and ability to use all parts of either foot. This session will have your players practising a variety of shooting techniques. MORE

Waiting for players

in Arrival activities, Fun soccer games

This session is set up so that as players arrive they can easily join in without you needing to stop or change the session. The arrival activity shown here is geared towards closing down the opposition in midfield. Set up You need balls, bibs and cones in an area 20×20 yards. Numbers build up as... MORE

Alex Morgan: key skills

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

When you watch an attacker like Alex Morgan of the US Women’s National Team you know how hard she has to work in training to be that good on match days. So good she can score five goals in a World Cup game. MORE

He won’t pass the ball!

in Attacking, Blog

I had a question this week on my AskDave advice line which wanted to know why his team could pass their way into the final third of the pitch but play broke down once they got there. MORE

How to coach your team to play out from the back - part 1

Playing out from the back

in Passing, Practice plans

One of the most attractive and effective ways of scoring goals is to use the entire team by playing the ball out from the back. From the goalkeeper, through the defence and midfield, to a forward who can finish the move. MORE

How to coach lofted pass drills- part 1

The lofted pass

in Passing, Practice plans

An accurate, well-weighted, lofted pass will allow your team to exploit space behind the opponent’s midfield or defence. This does not mean simply hoofing the ball upfield. MORE

What every youth team needs…

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

Goalkeepers have become such a focal point on the game that it is important you don't neglect their training. I've got goalkeeper coaches at my club but I often work extra sessions with them to get them up to speed on the tactics I will be using during matches. MORE

Goalie wars

in Goalkeeping, Small Sided Games

When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack. This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots. MORE


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