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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 showboating and individual skill- part 1

Showboating

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Players should be encouraged to express themselves in practice. This will improve their confidence in matches and they are more likely to try out some skills. You should inspire your players by asking them to play in the “showboating” role of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. MORE

Score or react

in Attacking, Midfield

To make your attacking midfielders effective in front of goal you need to get them to shoot at every opportunity. This session is about scoring and reacting, beating a keeper or getting past a defender. MORE

Why you should coach ball skills

in Ball Control and Footwork, Email newsletters

I cannot stress enough what a difference it makes if you get players to practice ball skills every week at training. I spend the first 10 minutes of every session letting the players have a ball each and practice ball skills like turning, step overs, feints, left and right dribbles – it is a fantastic way to start the session and encourage players to be more effective with the ball at their feet. MORE

Quick thinking

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

When you have a fast player quick thinking is vital to giving him the ball in areas he can exploit. In this game a wide ball can be create opportunities in midfield or to get him up the pitch to go 1v1 with the keeper. MORE

Tight space shootout

in Attacking, Shooting

This session is all about combining in tight spaces in the penalty area and creating room for a shot.You want players to be scoring and creating goals, so that’s what’s replicated in this session. MORE

How to coach one man army drill - part 1

One man army

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Improve your players’ close control skills with these easy-to-set-up drills which place the emphasis on the individual. Each player can become a “one man army” if he can keep the ball away from opponents. MORE

How to coach blocking and intercepting drills- part 1

Block and intercept

in Defending, Practice plans

Teaching your players how to block or intercept an opposition forward pass will help your team regain possession of the ball. Remember – you can’t concede a goal if you have the ball. MORE

Fast pass game

in Passing, Small Sided Games

Ball control in tight areas is vital to building a successful team that can play through the thirds. The overloads in this session help players to develop their ability to pass and receive MORE

Get midfielders scoring goals

in Email newsletters, Midfield

Attacking midfielders have always been great to watch... especially when I have had the benefit of a great attacking midfielder in my own team. But even if I haven't been blessed with one I can create attacking midfielders that will run the game for me. MORE

How to coach win the race for space drill - part 1

Win the race for open space

in Attacking, Practice plans

It is vital to encourage inventive play in the attacking. third of the pitch, your players should practise co-ordinated forward runs off the ball that will enable them to open up space and therefore create opportunities to shoot for goal. MORE

How to coach three man midfield drills- part 1

Three-man midfield

in Midfield, Practice plans

Developing a three-man midfield is important because it will give your team domination and versatility. Formations that include three players in midfield, such as 4-3-3 and 4-5-1, are the most popular used in the English Premier League. MORE

Hotshot

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

Use this lively attacking session to get your strikers working well with team-mates to set-up solid goalscoring chances for your team. This helps encourage players to shoot without fear of missing. It is a fast, attacking session, using off-pitch creators to help tee up scoring chances. MORE

Destroy defences

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This session pulls defences apart with two strikers playing different roles, one higher up the pitch than the other. It gives space for clever midfielders to put attackers clear in the penalty area with space to shoot at goal. MORE

Strikers press defenders

in Defending, Tactics

Often a lone striker will be pressing a three man defence which can be a frustrating job. Get your strikers to practice their pressing techniques against three defenders. MORE

The supply chain

in Attacking, Midfield

Use this session to improve the link play between your midfielders and forwards. Midfielders who are looking to get the ball to an attacker need to create space to thread passes through, while target men need to learn to receive and control the ball MORE

How to coach passing by numbers - part 1

Passing by numbers

in Passing, Practice plans

Coaching players to perform with their “heads up” so they can survey what is happening around them is an important part of football. This not only makes them more aware of player positions, but also improves possession. “Passing by numbers” encourages your players to see the big picture when passing. MORE

How to take advantage of gaps- part 1

Find the gaps

in Passing, Practice plans

Improving your players’ vision and awareness when passing the ball can help create goalscoring opportunities for the team. Soon your players will be able to see and execute passes into the gaps between the opponent’s defenders. MORE


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