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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

Support play

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

Players work on through balls, angled passes, chips and more. It trains players to time their runs, arc their runs, and be creative. The zones help players practise beating the offside trap. MORE

How to coach diagonal pass drills- part 1

Moonrakers

in Passing, Practice plans

English Premier League midfield stars such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard use raking diagonal passes at every opportunity to open their opponent’s defence. This creates 1v1 crossing situations or chances to run behind the defence and into goal-scoring positions. This session will improve your team’s ability to do the same. MORE

How to coach keep ball - part 1

Keep ball

in Midfield, Practice plans

The success of Spain at international level proves a game based on possession can win the biggest trophies. Try this exercise with your players and they will start appreciating the value of keeping the ball. MORE

Battle for space

in Attacking, Passing

This replicates a midfield battle with the final pass vital to scoring points in the game. Players learn where and when to make the pass and how movement off the ball is vital to success. MORE

Passing passion

in Attacking, Passing

This passing sequence is an excellent and fun way for your players to acquire the passing skills needed for effective linking play MORE

Right place, right time

in Defending, Tactics

This is a great session for coaching cover individually and working as a unit and to get the player nearest the ball to hold up and force play away before it gets to a danger zone. Use this session to teach your players defensive covering. MORE

Hot press

in Defending, Tactics

This activity will teach individual players to understand their roles in defensive pressing by applying the general pressing cues in a functional and geographically specific context MORE

Defend the corner

in Defending, Practice plans

Teach your players how to organise themselves to defend a corner, which areas to defend and how to quickly execute counter attacks when clearing the ball. This session can be adapted for mini soccer, intermediate or 11v11 adult football. MORE

How to coach thwe passing rectangle - part 1

The passing rectangle

in Passing, Practice plans

Whether it’s playing a through ball, switching the play or simply maintaining possession, being able to pass accurately and with the right weight is critical to your team’s chances of success. MORE

Why bother with skills?

in Ball Control and Footwork, Blog

One thing I find useful about working indoors is the development of a player’s 1v1 skills. I had interesting conversation about the use of 1v1s this week and it caused me to stop and think about how and why I was coaching this skill. MORE

Clever out wide

in Attacking, Crossing

This session will show your wide players how to put good balls into the feet of attackers who are battling to try to lose a defender and score. MORE

How to coach last man defending drills- part 1

Last man standing

in Defending, Practice plans

It is vital to improve the decision making of the last defender when caught in 1v1 and 2v1 situations. When a defender is isolated they must first look to force the play away from goal and second, they need to delay the attack and enable team mates to track back and help. MORE

How to coach three pass shooting drills- part 1

Three-pass frenzy

in Passing, Practice plans

More than 80% of goals are scored in three or fewer passes after regaining possession of the ball. An alert move forward after winning the ball can catch defences out and give your team chances to score goals. MORE

Magic box

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session uses an attacking overload to encourage midfielders to create scoring opportunities by combining with strikers in and around the penalty area. MORE

Quick attacking pair

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This is about your front two hunting down the ball, winning it and attacking together. It’s great for encouraging attackers to develop a relationship so communication is effective and scoring chances are increased. MORE


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