Use this fun session to get your players running with the ball, passing at speed and turning under pressure, just like Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. Why use it 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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
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.
This is the most basic shielding move – but probably the most useful. The player simply steps over the ball to put either one or both legs between the ball and an incoming opponent.
Strikers playing with their backs to goal must move around to create space to receive a pass to feet. However, once this pass is made, a striker must ensure he controls the ball and uses his body to shield the ball from defenders.