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

Pressure opponents

Full team pressure

in Defending, Small Sided Games

If you haven’t got the ball you won’t be able to win, so this game teaches teams how to move together to press the opposition all over the pitch and force a mistake that wins the ball. MORE

How to coach defending drills- part 1


in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the ability to defend in various game situations. The practices develop from 1v1 through to 3v3 and team defending. MORE

Playing out of defence

Foraging forwards

in Small Sided Games, Tactics

This sets up the coming together of two different tactics – it’s build up from the back versus the constant threat of the counterattack from balls played behind the defence. MORE

How to coach back four defence drills-part 1

Defending as a back four

in Defending, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve the individual players within your defence and the defence as a unit. The practices cover key aspects such as pressuring techniques, cover and support positions and the shape of the defence in relation to the ball. MORE

Win the ball back

Rondo win the ball

in Attacking, Rondos

This uses all the elements of pre-season training: passing, communication, movement, control, and with the progression comes a tactical challenge. Players need to concentrate and react quickly, so it helps with general fitness too. MORE

Challenges to win the ball

Passion fruit

in Attacking, Shooting

This session is all about the attributes needed in getting to the ball first or winning it and dribbling into a position to score. MORE

How to coach players finishing - part 1

Finishing off attacks

in Practice plans, Shooting

Scoring goals is one of the key aims of football. This technical session works on finishing and movement. It gets players shooting from both sides of the penalty area and from the centre. MORE

How to coach distance passing - part 1

Distance Passing

in Passing, Practice plans

It’s important to be able to pass the ball over long distances because it’s often the quickest way to exploit the space behind a defence, or the fastest method of switching the point of attack and so create space. MORE

How to coach turning drills- part 1

The art of turning

in Practice plans, Turning

Being able to turn with the ball under close control is an important skill in any player’s armoury. “The art of turning” will improve your players’ ability to turn whilst dribbling the ball and turning away from a defender when receiving a pass. MORE

Shoot in small sided game

Rondo shoot on sight

in Rondos, Shooting

This Rondo is all about scoring before your opponents and knocking them out. It is a fast game with constantly changing teams, and it gets attackers to sniff out opportunities and capitalise on them. MORE

Scoring in the box

Full squad Rondo

in Attacking, Rondos, Shooting

Use this Rondo session to improve the passing technique of your players so they can set up strikers with solid goalscoring opportunities close to goal – and also gets them to work hard in the build up play when attacking and defending. MORE

Defending in small groups

Prepare to defend in small groups

in Defending, Email newsletters, Small Sided Games

If you want to start the new season well and win more games, the importance of defending cannot be stressed enough. Tell your players that without the ball they are not going to have the chance to score, so they need to think about how they are going to get it back first – and that means good defensive play. MORE

Passing in threes

Final pass Rondo

in Passing, Rondos

Creative play in and around the final third needs players to see opportunities to get the ball through to attackers behind the defence. This session helps develop their passing vision MORE

Challenge your players

in Attacking, Blog

Before the season begins you can work with your players and get them to do match specific challenges. Giving players problems to solve during training is a great way to get them to do it in matches. MORE

How to coach a break out - part 1

Break out

in Attacking, Practice plans

Test a range of attacking skills with this drill that requires your players to escape from a central area and keep their cool to beat the goalkeeper. MORE

Go 1v1 against the keeper

Double jeopardy

in Attacking, Ball Control and Footwork

When players are through on goal, they must decide whether to shoot or take it around the keeper. To be able to make this decision players must practise both methods so they have the techniques required when the situation arises in matches. MORE

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