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Ball Control and Footwork

These soccer drills will give your players “Mastery of the Ball”. It is your first duty as a coach to give your players the soccer skills to be effective players. Ball control is the key to that. It’s about being comfortable on the ball, instant control, able to change feet, and move the ball where you want.

How to coach showboating and individual skill- part 1

Showboating

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Players should be encouraged to express themselves in practice. This will improve their confidence in matches and they are more likely to try out some skills. You should inspire your players by asking them to play in the “showboating” role of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. MORE

Why you should coach ball skills

in Ball Control and Footwork, Email newsletters

I cannot stress enough what a difference it makes if you get players to practice ball skills every week at training. I spend the first 10 minutes of every session letting the players have a ball each and practice ball skills like turning, step overs, feints, left and right dribbles – it is a fantastic way to start the session and encourage players to be more effective with the ball at their feet. MORE

How to coach one man army drill - part 1

One man army

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Improve your players’ close control skills with these easy-to-set-up drills which place the emphasis on the individual. Each player can become a “one man army” if he can keep the ball away from opponents. MORE

How to coach players to receive the ball - part 1

Reception class

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Receiving the ball is more than just a case of simply controlling it when it reaches a player. He has to make sure the first touch is into space so it gives him time to make the next decision, whether that be a pass, shot or dribble. MORE

Why bother with skills?

in Ball Control and Footwork, Blog

One thing I find useful about working indoors is the development of a player’s 1v1 skills. I had interesting conversation about the use of 1v1s this week and it caused me to stop and think about how and why I was coaching this skill. MORE

Simple rondo

in Ball Control and Footwork, Rondos

This is a great session to warm up your players through a high intensity possession-based skills practice, with players developing the technical aspects of their game that can be used in high-pressure match scenarios. MORE

How to coach fancy feet - part 1

Fancy feet

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Displaying quick, fancy footwork isn’t just useful for showing off – being able to manipulate the ball at speed will help your players get out of tricky situations or create space for themselves when required. MORE


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