Dribbling is one of the finer arts for a young soccer player and a vital part of his/her soccer development. When you see young players dribbling in matches you can see why it creates goalscoring chances for the player and for their teammates. Set up a 15 x 15 yards area with 2 x 2 […]
Ball Control and Footwork
These 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.
Ball control in tight areas is vital to building a successful team that can play through the thirds. The overloads in this session help players to develop their ability to pass and receive. Why use it Great session for playing through tight midfield to get ball into attack – helps players deal with possession in […]
The Drag Scissors is a great skill for a winger who wants to buy time and make space. Use the steps above to help players to learn the skill and this session will help them to practise it. Why use it If young players are facing a very fast defender they sometimes need to do […]
At this age if players can hold onto the ball and dribble with it they will be technically better than most of their opponents and be able to advance on goal into dangerous areas of the pitch giving them more chance of scoring a goal. Dribble with the ball 5 yards with one half turn.
Objective: To improve first touch. Age group: U7 – U14 Set up: Mark out a short, wide pitch with big (about 10 yard wide) goals at either end and a centre line. Divide your players into two teams of 3 or 4. Each team defends a goal. How to play: The game starts with each […]
Get your players running down the street on the way to school beating lamp posts…
Good players can bring the ball under their control in an instant – no matter how it arrives to them.
Many of the top coaches and players in modern-day football will tell you how they grew up playing in the back streets with their friends. Playing back street football means you try your hardest or your friends will soon get on at you. That means constantly trying skills, techniques and ideas that you wouldn’t normally do at […]
Going through the defender with a nutmeg move alleviates the problem of trying to go around the defender.
No matter how young your players are they should practice ball manipulation. This is the ability to push, move, drag or manipulate the ball and become its master, says Tony Carr, Academy Director at West Ham.