This simple game will teach your players how to win the ball and how to support an attack. This is a fast and attacking game with teams learning how to support an attack and where and when to play a pass. MORE
Small Sided Games
Small-sided games are games with a small number of players on each side, for example 3 v 3 or 5 v 5. The key point is that because there are fewer players, each player gets more touches of the ball, and there are many additional benefits.
Soccer Coach Weekly recommends the use of small-sided games as a key part of your coaching program, and as a subscriber you can access 128 specially designed games, in a format that you can easily print and take to training. Once the games are set up and running and the players understand the rules, there’s no coaching, and the players take responsibility.
Alternatively you can buy all the games in printed or ebook format here.
The games in the section below will help your players to improve on individual and team skills. They are simple to set up, guarantee more player participation, with more passes attempted, and more goals scored.
Use this session to improve the passing technique of your players so they can set up strikers with solid goalscoring opportunities close to goal. MORE
The training session is an excellent workout if you want to get your strikers on their toes and ready to fire shots at the goal. This is a strengthening and reaction exercise that gives players a good workout to sharpen up scoring instincts. MORE
Use this game to develop quick-thinking strikers who know how to combine to get past defenders and can create solid goalscoring chances. MORE
This session gets teams to link up play from back to front, with movement and passing options in each zone and plenty of scoring opportunities for strikers. MORE
In this session, strikers are encouraged to hit a shot at the first opportunity from wherever they are in the area. MORE
If you want your players to be creative attackers, try this fast and simple game to encourage them to beat the opposition with clever passes, shots and skills. MORE
This game creates space on the pitch that skilful players can use to take advantage of overloads and score goals. By removing players there is a short window where the space is. MORE
Turning up for training in the off-season needs some thought as you don't want to waste the time you have with your players. Think about some questions or some ideas you will be wanting to cover in the weeks before the season kicks off MORE
Using questions and giving challenges is an important part of your coaching style and can have an impact on player learning and understanding of your coaching sessions. When you use questions make sure you don’t immediately tell the answer or if it is a question to the group don’t always pick the player who puts... MORE
In the quiet times between seasons I get my players together once a week and we play different small-sided games to keep the players up to speed with their skills. It leads nicely into pre-season training. MORE
If you want to score more goals when playing at home, use this training session to teach your players how to attack all-out. This session is all about copying the attacking style of Manchester City MORE
When you watch an attacker like Alex Morgan of the US Women’s National Team you know how hard she has to work in training to be that good on match days. So good she can score five goals in a World Cup game. MORE
This is a favourite game of mine in which players do anything they can to keep the ball or they get substituted MORE
A strong defence is a great foundation to launch counter attacks. In Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team the strong tackling defensive set up wins the ball and wins games by capitalising on counter attacking. MORE
When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack. This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots. MORE
Teach your goalkeeper how to turn dangerous angled shots away to safety by using this competitive end-to-end training game. MORE
Shooting from midfield is a great way to get your team to catch the opposition out. Use this session to get players lining up shots. Players can be scared to shoot from distance but this session will make sure they start doing it in matches. MORE
Teach your players how to win vital games and how to keep trying until the end. This fun promotion and relegation session involves a lot of different winning scenarios. MORE
Teach your team how to score late in the game by throwing more players forward and playing the ball into your attackers from wide positions. MORE
Run this training session if you want your players to be as rock solid in defence when facing up to a counterattacking threat in a final game MORE
In this fun and challenging training exercise your players will have to be accurate at speed to win the game. MORE
This competitive training session will teach your players to beat the offside trap by making defence-splitting runs onto well played through balls MORE
This game encourages players to cross accurately and quickly to cause chaos in opposition defences. When they receive the ball on the wing, they will put in a great first-time cross to catch out a retreating defense. MORE