If you want your players to beat defenders with style, run this session. Getting young players to dribble and beat their opponent in 1v1 situations is vital to getting behind the opposition defence and creating goalscoring chances. MORE
Soccer warm up circuit drill to test core skills
This is a good warm-up drill for your soccer coaching sessions – a circuit that tests your players’ basic technique. It’s a really good circuit because it involves everyone, moves quickly and it’s great fun.
You’re testing the basic soccer skills of your players – passing and receiving, heading, one-twos, dribbling, and controlling and shooting. You can write down which players can do which technique and which skills players need to work on.
Run the soccer warm-up
- Arrange your players and two goalkeepers around the four stations in a 30-yard square as shown in the picture above.
- Mark out a five-yard square in the centre of the larger square.
- The first player at each station runs to the middle square.
- The players complete a technique exercise and then go out to become a server.
- The serving player jogs into the middle square and out to complete a technique before becoming a server again.
The stations and techniques to perform
- Receive a pass, then pass first time into one of the mini goals.
- Receive a thrown pass for a header at goal.
- Receive a pass and make a one-two with you or a helper and dribble out.
- Receive an aerial pass to control and shoot at goal.
Players complete a different exercise each time they enter the area. The drill is repeated for a set time period.
Any of the techniques can be replaced with different soccer drills that the coach feels appropriate to the warm-up. The examples above are to encourage quick play and improve finishing skills.
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