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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 target man play- part 1

The target man

in Attacking, Practice plans

“Target man” is the term used to describe a centre forward who is able to hold the ball under pressure and then pass back to supporting players. This session includes three simple practices to develop target players. MORE

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Solve your goalkeeper problems

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

The goalkeeper is often the player that is the most neglected when it comes to training nights yet is one of the most important players on the pitch. Certainly at lots of clubs players take turns to play in goal – I have no problem with that but if that is the case you need to make sure the players have the basics covered. MORE

Coaching the goalkeeper

in Goalkeeping, Podcast

Steven Drinkell is a goalkeeper coach at the Westminister School in Atlanta, Georgia and an assistant Varsity Coach. Soccer Coach Weekly head coach Dave Clarke spoke with Steve to gain an insight into the secrets of coaching what is probably the most difficult position in the team. MORE

How to coach simple shooting - part 1

Simple shooting

in Practice plans, Shooting

Because football is ultimately about scoring more goals than the opposition, your players should be regularly practising their shooting skills. Use “Simple shooting” to work on your players’ accuracy in front of goal. This session will also help your goalkeepers work on positioning and making reaction saves. MORE

How to coach attacking with your back to goal drills- part 1

Back attack

in Attacking, Practice plans

This session aims improve your players when they are receiving the ball with their back to goal. Can the players turn and beat the defender? Can they hold the ball and then bring their team mates into the game? MORE

Defend an outswinging corner

in Defending, Set pieces

Here’s a set-up I have used for defending a right-footed outswinging corner, with each player being afforded a defined role. If defenders are successful in repelling the threat, they can look to break forward and score in either of the two goals positioned on the halfway line. MORE

How to coach attacking play - part 1

Attacking play

in Attacking, Practice plans

Recent sessions have given your players dribbling, passing and decision-making skills. This session encourages your players to put these skills into practice in a team environment with the aim of building movement in attack and creating more goal-scoring opportunities. MORE

Clever keeper

in Goalkeeping, Passing

This session is about keeper distribution and retaining possession by building play from the back. It mimics short passes to centrebacks and midfield players, low driven and chipped passes to full-backs and wide midfielders, and longer passes to centre-forwards and wide attackers MORE

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The importance of the magic man

in Attacking, Email newsletters

When you play training games with your team if you have an odd number of players it is always a good idea to play a 'magic man'. This is a position of great responsibility because this player can catch the opposition out during transition or can be the player who creates goal scoring chances because he/she is less likely to be marked when the ball is transferred. MORE

Keeper gets cross

in Goalkeeping, Tips and advice

Having a trustworthy, proficient keeper positively influences the mindsets and playing abilities of all players in front of him. This is a session for goalkeepers that coaches them in the basics of anticipating crosses and dominating their area. MORE

How to coach lone stiker drills- part 1

The lone striker

in Attacking, Practice plans

A lot of teams now play with a lone striker supported by players from midfield. The modern striker must have a number of attributes. These include running deep to receive the ball, holding the ball up, dribbling at speed and shooting with either foot. This session aims to improve these skills in a number of 1v1 exercises. MORE


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