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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

How to coach chain reaction - part 1

Chain reaction

in Defending, Practice plans

Your players need to assume a defensive mindset the moment the opposition gains possession. “Chain reaction” will enable your players to smoothly switch from attacking to defensive duties because failing to do so will give their opponents an immediate advantage. MORE

How to coach Overlapping drill- part 1

Overlapping

in Attacking, Practice plans

Overlapping is a particularly important tactic in the final third of the pitch where full backs can combine with wingers to get into dangerous crossing positions. MORE

Get in behind

in Attacking, Passing

Use this session to show your players how to attack with accurate through ball behind the defence and what they can do once they get the ball with that much space around them MORE

Simply Spain

in Midfield, Passing

When a team is on the attack it is vital midfield support is quick and the passes are the correct weight and into space MORE

How to coach wing attacking drills- part 1

Wing wizards

in Attacking, Practice plans

A good winger can be a real advantage for your team when it comes to attacking. This session focuses on developing the dribbling and crossing technique of the team’s wide players. MORE

Attack in numbers

in Attacking

The objective of this game is to practise attacking and defending skills in a variety of different situations – for instance, 2v1s, 3v2s, 4v1s, and so on. MORE

The finishing touch

in Email newsletters, Shooting

My Under 9s team won a match that when you look at the result it seemed like a big win but that didn’t tell the story of the game. Both teams played well and had some great combination play but my team had an end product which unfortunately the visitors didn’t. MORE

Pass or dribble

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session is designed to help coaches look at the decision-making of the players. Can they take on the defender 1v1? Or is the right decision to keep possession by passing to a team-mate? MORE

How to coach players to receive the ball - part 1

Reception class

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Receiving the ball is more than just a case of simply controlling it when it reaches a player. He has to make sure the first touch is into space so it gives him time to make the next decision, whether that be a pass, shot or dribble. MORE

How to coach strike partner play- part 1

Strike partners

in Attacking, Practice plans

When two strikers play together they develop an understanding of what each other is doing – therefore more chances are created. This session initially concentrates on the forwards then integrates defenders and team mates to replicate a real match. MORE

But who got the assist?

in Attacking, Email newsletters

It brought it home to me last Saturday when one of my Under 9s had played a fantastic match creating three goals and generally running the game... "but I didn't score!" he said with a face fighting back the tears. Kids don't appreciate the importance of an assist. MORE

Passing places

in Attacking, Passing

Clever passing game with overloads and lots of chances to score points. Vital for players to create and use space in this tight area. Helps players to look around and see where the best pass it to make use of the overloads and floating player. MORE

How to coach from attack to defence - part 1

From attack to defence

in Defending, Practice plans

It’s important your whole team, not just the defenders, stay focused and begin defending the moment possession is lost. Most goals are scored within three passes so if you allow your opponents time and space your team will be punished. MORE


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