In recent matches, my U13s hadn’t been taking advantage of corner kicks. So, I dedicated a whole training session to working out how we would play them, who would take them and where the players would move when the kick was taken. In our next match we were playing one of our local rivals at […]
These set piece drills, games and tactics cover everything from winning a penalty shoot out to throwing the ball in from your own corner flag.
Teach your players to take effective throw-ins, distribute the ball from goal-kicks and turn corners and free kicks into genuine goals coring opportunities.
Dead ball situations are great for creating scoring chances if your players are organised. Use this session to help your team score more goals from corners. Why use it This shows how effective a flick on can be and helps players exploit the space in the box by moving to the area they know the […]
Some coaches rely on one or two players (let’s call them designated throwers) to take all the teams throw-ins. Sadly, the designated thrower ends up being the most exhausted player on the field. He or she has to sprint up and down the sideline, or even across the field, to take a simple throw in […]
David Beckham used to improve his free-kicks at United by firing the ball through a car tyre hanging from a goal. This fun activity will improve your players in the same way Why use it Becks was famous for his free-kicks, often winning games for Manchester United with his lethal setpiece strikes. When he first […]
Free-kicks are often wasted in youth soccer. You need to put some thought into how to set up your team to make best use of a free kick and drill the skills in coaching sessions. Using a dummy for a free kick involves playing the ball through the legs of one of your attackers to […]
Throw-ins in the attacking third of the field are more than just a way of re-starting play, they’re also a means of launching attacks. Coach your players to make the most of them with the following soccer drills. Throw in drill tips There are various elements that make up the attacking throw. You need players […]
Get your players to practise tactical free-kicks on the edge of the penalty area and you can pull a defence apart, says Dave Clarke. Organisation is key to defence and attack Free-kicks are a major source of goals at any level of the game. When a free-kick is given just outside the penalty area, the […]
Lots of practice is the secret to taking a successful free kick and to make this fun for your young players, try the following soccer drill using either a portable wall or cones to shield the goal. A good free-kick taker can be from any position on the pitch – except the goalkeeper who you […]
The ideal way of getting your young soccer (football) players into shape to defend or attack goal kicks is by shouting a one-word code. If you use my technique, all you will have to shout is “DIAMOND.” One of the soccer coaching tactics I invented for my 7-a-side soccer teams is called the diamond. Diamonds […]
With these soccer training drills your players can increase the distance they throw by up to 30 per cent and never have a foul throw called against them. By Dave Clarke The perfect throw-in Simple throw-in drill for under 4s-7s Stand facing the field with feet apart Place one hand either side of the ball […]