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Soccer drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh soccer drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Soccer Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.

 

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

Belgium goal 3-2

Watch Belgium’s perfect counter attack

in Attacking, World Cup 2018

Belgium versus Japan in the World Cup was a classic – in the dramatic final seconds Belgium went from one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye to score the goal that completed a remarkable comeback and broke Japan’s hearts. It was the perfect counter attack at the perfect time. MORE

How to coach players to keep their head up - part 1

Always on the look-out

in Passing, Practice plans

Even when not in possession, good footballers play with their head up to be aware of what’s going on around them. This means when the ball comes their way they can make well-informed and quick decisions and are more likely to make good use of the ball. MORE

How to coach shut down and break - part 1

Shut down and break

in Attacking, Practice plans

Your defenders should not think their job is over once they’ve won the ball. If the opposition has attacked in numbers, it could be the ideal time to launch a counter attack. Use this session to encourage your defenders to identify and create attacking opportunities. MORE

Attacking corners

How to set up an attacking corner

in Attacking, Set pieces

Watching France score the only goal in the semi final against Belgium in the World Cup shows how well set up teams can cause problems at corners for the defending team. This set up ensures your team will have a great chance of scoring a goal. MORE

How to coach action circuits- part 1

The all-action circuit

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

This circuit is designed to comprehensively improve your players’ techniques. The exercise starts with close control ball skills before evolving into recreating gamelike situations. The all-action nature of the circuit ensures your players are working at match speed. MORE

How to coach eye spy drill - part 1

Eye spy

in Passing, Practice plans

Good footballers keep their heads up as much as possible – even when not in possession – to take constant “pictures” of what’s going on around them. This allows them to make good, quick decisions when the ball comes their way, and stay one step ahead of the opposition. MORE

Three striker attacks

Attacking as a front three

in Attacking, Shooting

This session works on three strikers like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It trains strikers to create and combine in overload situations, giving them help in recognising goalscoring opportunities, shooting early, or passing to team mates in better positions. MORE

5 tips for defending the long ball

in Defending, Email newsletters, Tactics

The long ball over the top of the defence can be difficult to defend against in youth soccer, so I’ve put together five drills and activities to help you coach defending against teams that play long ball tactics… One of the best ways to stop long balls is to get strikers to press high up... MORE


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