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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

How to coach a on the mark drill - part 1

On the mark

in Defending, Practice plans

The ability to mark an opponent closely is one of the key aspects of defending. This session will help you develop this technique in your players. MORE

How to coach volleys - part 1

On the volley

in Practice plans, Shooting

The technique for passing and shooting when the ball is off the ground is not easy for players to learn. Help your team acquire these skills with this session. MORE

Play 2v1

Four square

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

If you want your players to outfox the opposition defence by creating goals, this game will provide plenty of opportunities to make clever passes and set up play around the goal area MORE

Marcelo Ronaldo Real Madrid

Score more with wingers

in Attacking, Email newsletters

Most successful wingers are usually quick but pace alone is not enough, close ball control, the ability to play head up and to pass and cross on the run are all crucial to creating scoring chances rather than firing aimless or mishit balls. MORE

Creating goal scoring chances

Quick thinkers

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Youth players will often make a pass into the final third but do not support the pass by running into the penalty area. This session encourages movement to get into dangerous attacking positions. MORE

Pass to release player

Fast break

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This game improves quick attacking and combination play. The attackers must break forward in order to use the extra player and create a chance to score. MORE

score from crosses

Double attacker

in Attacking, Crossing

In this session the wide player must complete a one-two and overlap to give attackers two ways to score. This is a great for wingers to be coached in different ways to attack from the wings MORE

How to coach defensive priority drills- part 1

Defending priorities

in Defending, Practice plans

When your opponent has the ball it is vital to focus on prioritising areas of danger in your defence. Once these areas have been identified, your team needs to keep the ball away from them. MORE

How to coach interceptions -part 1

Cut it out

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players the art of intercepting or “stealing” the ball – like Real Madrid centre back Ricardo Carvalho or Manchester United’s midfielder Michael Carrick – with this session. MORE

Wingers move fast

The running man

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Running with the ball isn't just about going in one direction at one speed, players need to turn and accelerate, knock the ball into space and follow it, and pass on the run. MORE

How to win the ball back quickly - part 1

Win the ball back quickly

in Defending, Practice plans

Pressing the opposition to win back the ball when possession is lost requires teamwork, concentration and hard work. It’s a tactic Barcelona have used in recent years and, if it’s good enough for arguably the greatest club side ever, then it’s good enough for most teams. MORE

How to coach switch drills- part 1

The switch

in Passing, Practice plans

When your team attacks, a quick switch of play can be used to create space on the opposite side of the pitch. This can often lead to opportunities to dribble into space or attack the opponent in a 1v1 or 2v1 situation. Here is how you can teach your players these skills. MORE

score from crosses

Striker zone

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

This unopposed session gets attackers scoring with balls coming in from the wings. All players get balls played hard and low onto both feet as they attack at either end of the pitch. It includes build up play for a thorough attacking work out. MORE


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