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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

How to defend at corners

in Defending, Set pieces

This session looks at the roles of defenders and the goalkeeper in corner kick situations. It’s vital that, when setting up to defend a corner, each man knows his exact task, working as an individual and as part of a bigger unit within the penalty area. MORE

Final Third tactics

Handball midfield

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session encourages players to be aware at all times of where they are on the pitch and concentrate on getting the ball through to the shaded areas where they can shoot at goal . MORE

Attacking the final third

Running from deep

in Attacking, Tactics

Once you have taught an individual how to keep the ball in a 1v1, use this session to show your players how this skill can help the team in a match situation MORE

Passing circles

Passing circles

in Ball Control and Footwork, Passing

This training session is about retaining possession and finding players in key positions – important for teams that have the lion’s share of possession in games yet find the opposition denying them space in the final third. MORE

Keep the ball or score

Possession or score

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session encourages strikers to have rapid shots at goal and to link up in the middle of the park with one-twos and one-touch passing. Defenders can switch play when in possession and spread out to keep the ball from attackers. MORE

Defend open goals

Don’t let them score!

in Defending, Small Sided Games

A very good session for getting players to cover the back because one team has no goalkeeper. The opposition can look for different ways to score especially shooting early or chipping the defence. Great for match play. MORE

Pass and sprint

Pass and sprint

in Passing, Warm Ups

Great way to warm up before a match or training session. Similar to a Rondo but with more physical movement for days when it is cold or you have a practice based on fitness. MORE

Defend as a unit

Defend as a unit

in Defending, Tactics

Getting defenders to work as a unit is a great way to stop goals going into the net at your end of the pitch. Use this session to coordinate against a strong attacking team. MORE

Passing and dribbling

Smart interplay

in Attacking, Passing

The session is about quick and inventive play around the edge of the 18-yard box. It’s about being inventive, firstly in tight areas, then progressing into a large area to finish with an end product. MORE

Link up play to goal

Combine to finish

in Attacking, Shooting

Get your players to think combinations by linking up patterns of play in this session and applying a good finish using the correct technique and skill set MORE

Defending in pairs

Double team

in Defending, Other, Tactics

The practice allows you to start to introduce the idea of how multiple units on the field start to work and interact with each other. It also introduces the idea of recovering once the ball passes you on the field. MORE

Recycle backpass

Recycle with a backpass

in Attacking, Passing

When you watch the teams at the top of the Premier League they always play the ball back to keep possession when there is no easy way forward – a pass back allows teams to keep the ball until a pass forward is ‘on’. Why use it Your players will come up against teams that... MORE

Play through midfield

Play through midfield

in Midfield, Shooting

When teams are playing through the middle of the pitch they should always look to move the ball through the midfield either down the middle or using wide players to advance into the final third. Why use it This forces play through them midfield and shows players how playing this way they keep possession and... MORE



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