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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

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

Twos and threes

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

This simple game will teach your players how to win the ball and how to support an attack. This is a fast and attacking game with teams learning how to support an attack and where and when to play a pass. MORE

How to coach point blank saves - part 1

Point blank saves

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are times when the distance between the attacker and the goal is so small, the only way a goalkeeper can stop the ball is by taking up a good position to stop a shot and relying on quick reactions. MORE

How to coach a keeper to catch the ball - part 1

Catch of the day

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper that can confidently catch high crosses will provide welcome relief for any defence. Not only is the goalkeeper likely to stop goals being scored, he will boost confidence in the rest of his team. MORE

Battle of styles

in Attacking, Tactics

If you want your team to play possession football or a counterattacking style this activity will help. Teams play possession against counterattacking, showing players how to work in and defend against both styles. It is also good for reacting to the point of transition. MORE

Simple rondo

in Ball Control and Footwork, Rondos

This is a great session to warm up your players through a high intensity possession-based skills practice, with players developing the technical aspects of their game that can be used in high-pressure match scenarios. MORE

Jump to it

in Shooting, Small Sided Games

The training session is an excellent workout if you want to get your strikers on their toes and ready to fire shots at the goal. This is a strengthening and reaction exercise that gives players a good workout to sharpen up scoring instincts. MORE

How to coach defensive midfielder drills- part 1

The midfield enforcer

in Midfield, Practice plans

The enforcer’s role in the team is to stop opponent’s attacks by applying pressure and making tackles. He plays just in front of the defence and is often the first resistance an opposition attack faces. MORE

Total attack

in Attacking, Shooting

This is good for attackers working the ball through an organised defence, and it has lots of chances for the attack to catch opponents on the counter. It’s a good session for tactics and techniques. MORE

How to coach fancy feet - part 1

Fancy feet

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Displaying quick, fancy footwork isn’t just useful for showing off – being able to manipulate the ball at speed will help your players get out of tricky situations or create space for themselves when required. MORE

Driving range

in Attacking, Passing

Use this training session to show your forwards how to bring other players into the game in the final third of the pitch. This will get your players winning the ball and playing deep behind the attackers to play into them. MORE

How to coach threaded through ball drills- part 1

Threaded through balls

in Passing, Practice plans

Attackers such as Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka thrive on through balls and score most of their goals with this method. Your players need to develop their ability to make these passes for the forward to run on to. MORE

Diamonds sharpen skills

in Arrival activities, Warm Ups

This session sharpens an array of soccer skills at the beginning of a season when players need to get their bodies back into balance and refresh their technique on the ball. This is a great session to use for sharpening awareness and coordination. MORE


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