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.

U11 ball control game

U11s ball control game

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 […]

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Fast Pass Game

Fast Pass Game

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 […]

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The Drag Scissors Session

The Drag Scissors Session

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 […]

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U8s ball control feature

U8s ball control game

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.

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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 training - there are no grown ups to tell you not to do it. But it’s a dying trend so you have to create an atmospere and give them coaching sessions that bring out those skills.

Street-wise players are winners

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 […]

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