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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

Possession game - part 1

Possession Game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Both teams must try to win and keep possession of the ball. A goal is awarded to the team that completes a certain number of passes (a minimum of 5 for younger players). The game is played for a set time period. MORE

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

The final pass

in Attacking, Tactics

This session works on patterns of play building up to the final ball into the striker. Important for youth players to understand the role of the support players in build up play. MORE

Why small-sided games matter

in Blog, Small Sided Games

Small-sided games are a fantastic way of getting players to work together to score lots of goals with every single player having a big part to play in the game. Small-sided games are not ideal for coaching player positional roles but they do get players to face match relevant situations. 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

Engine room passing

in Midfield, Shooting

When midfielders win the ball they need to make good passes quickly in order to take advantage of any space on the pitch. In this session the quick pass sets up a scoring chance. MORE

Pre-season with your goalkeeper

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

I've made it my target as soon as we got back to training to get hold of a keeper... and I have found a great one. It can easily be overlooked when you are the manager of the team unless you have a plan worked out for pre-season that includes your goalkeeper. 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

Press to win the ball

Do it yourself

in Defending, Tactics

This session helps you coach players to understand that they have to stay close and not let opponents get free or they will give the game away. MORE

Driving range

in Attacking, Passing

Use this training session to show your forwards how to bring other players into the game in the final third of the pitch. This will get your players winning the ball and playing deep behind the attackers to play into them. MORE

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