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
Soccer drills to get players practising skills at home
The following soccer coaching drills are designed to give your keen young players the chance to work on some individual training at home. Use the video clip to inspire them!
If you’re demonstrating individual training drills to your players, you’ll need to make sure there are enough balls for every player to have one. What I often do is ask the parents to bring a ball to training so every player has their own ball. Of course not everyone remembers (or can be bothered) to bring a ball but I can cover those with the club balls.
Once you have your players all with a ball, then you can do individual skills such as running and turning or throwing the ball in the air and controlling it with their first touch. I’m lucky at my club because the training area has a wall that players can use to practise passing the ball against the wall and receiving it back.
I set up a dribbling line of cones quite far apart so players can run at speed with the ball, then five yards from the wall I put a cone where players must stop, pass, receive back, turn and run back. You can set up a few of these and players can run constantly between the cones.
Add into the mix some keepy-uppies drills where your players have to try and keep the ball in the air with any part of their body except their hands.
The video clip demonstrates more soccer skills and drills that you can give players for their soccer ‘homework’.
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