Every player should have at least three turns in their locker. These turning soccer drills will help you coach your players to be comfortable executing a number of different types of turn.

This soccer skill will mean your team keeps possession for longer, your players have more time on the ball, and you score more goals.

U9 dribble the ball 5 yards and turn activity - part 1

5 ways to improve turning with the ball

in Ball Control and Footwork, Email newsletters, Turning

For improving players, turning with the ball while keeping it under control is an important development phase. Key to this are practising different turning techniques and developing spatial awareness (knowing when and where to turn). Here are five great drills and activities that will help your players keep control when they are turning with the ball.... MORE

Skills video

The Hook Turn

in Ball Control and Footwork, Turning

This is a great skill for attacking the penalty area with defenders alongside or in front and a change of direction is needed. Think Eden Hazard at Chelsea. Watch the video from Coerver Coaching’s ‘Make Your Move’ DVD MORE

Turning with the ball

Shoot on the turn

in Shooting, Turning

Turning with the ball is a skill in itself but there should be an end product which is created by turning with the ball – in this case the players turns and finishes by shooting MORE

Win the ball, score a goal

in Attacking, Turning

In matches there are all sorts of situations that face a player – 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and so on. You need your attacking players to take advantage of these situations to win the ball and fire a shot at goal. MORE

How to coach a stop-turn - part 1


in Practice plans, Turning

A stop-turn allows your players to send opponents the wrong way by changing direction quickly and will give them more time on the ball to make a killer pass. MORE

How to coach the Cruyff turn - part 1

Cruyff turn

in Practice plans, Turning

Named after the legendary 1970s Holland international Johan Cruyff, this turn is ideal for losing a defender and creating space in a tight situation. MORE

How to coach disguised turning drills- part 1

Disguised turning

in Practice plans, Turning

This session is designed to improve your players’ ability to receive the ball while under pressure and then be able to use disguise in order to turn away from the opponent while retaining possession. MORE

How to coach safe side receiving drills- part 1

Take the ball on the safe side

in Practice plans, Turning

This session will help you teach your players how to improve their ability to receive the ball while under tight pressure and be able to use disguise to turn away from the opponent without the danger of losing possession. MORE

Man behind

in Practice plans, Turning

This session is designed to improve the ability to receive the ball under pressure and to twist and turn away from the defender in order to pass/dribble forward. MORE

U14 develop turning skills game - part 1

Develop turning skills (U14 game)

in EasiCoach, Turning

In this session the player controlling the ball turns, swinging his body around ready to take a route towards the goal i.e. away from the defender, who will struggle to make a challenge if the control and turn is made skilfully enough. MORE

Get players to take turns

in Soccer drills and skills, Turning

How often do you see players run in straight lines? Very rarely, there's always an opponent in the way. This means ball manipulation is vital for players moving with the ball. If they cannot turn, they will very likely lose the ball. MORE

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