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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

Clear the ball

Cover your back

in Defending, Heading

In every match there will be moments when the team us under a lot of aerial pressure. Defenders must be organised and put up a united front. Successful teams are often the most organised defensively. MORE

Passing for possession

Passing in threes

in Passing, Small Sided Games

In this game there will be lots of touches of the ball and technique to get passes between players. Movement is also key to what happens in the session. Set up You need a ball and a 16×16-yard area. We’ve used nine players in the session. You will also need bibs and cones. How to... MORE

How to coach shot variation for attackers - part 1

Take a shot

in Practice plans, Shooting

Players need to practise a variety of shots in pressure situations so they can improve their chances of scoring goals. This session could help you find your best goalscorer – it might not be your current centre forward. MORE

How to coach the elevator pass - part 1

The elevator pass

in Passing, Practice plans

A lofted pass enables players to send the ball over longer distances. This can elevate your team’s chances of moving the ball into more attacking positions or clear from danger. MORE

Score a goal

The chip

in Ball Control and Footwork, Shooting

At youth level the keeper will often come out of goal to try to get the ball and the best way to beat him is with an accurate chip over him into the net. It is an extra tool to give your players at all levels of the game. MORE

Shoot from distance

Score from long range

in Attacking, Shooting

This session improves shooting technique and gives players confidence to shoot from long range. It also develops decision-making, as players make choices about when and where to shoot and which part of their foot to use. MORE

How to coach quick reactions - part 1

Quick reactions

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

When an attacker is in the act of heading or shooting, the distance between himself and the goalkeeper can be so close the keeper doesn’t get any time to think about how to make a save. This means he has to develop reaction skills. MORE

How to coach xavi and iniesta style football drills- part 1

Xavi and Iniesta

in Midfield, Practice plans

The Barcelona midfield pairing of Xavi and Iniesta have taken football to a new high in terms of passing, creation and domination of the ball. This session will elevate the skills of your players so they can pass and move like these Spanish masters. MORE

Heading technique

Win the first header

in Heading, Tactics

This game is all about winning the first header and directing it to your team-mate. If your players can get control of the ball in the air then it makes it easier to repel opponents and start an attack. MORE

Intercept the ball

Win the ball

in Defending, Tactics

This session is all about staying calm when under attack and reading the through ball. As this game progresses good tackling is needed as the danger changes. MORE

How to coach players to shepherd the ball away from goal - part 1

The shepherd

in Defending, Practice plans

Most goals are scored from right in front of the goal so shepherding play away from this area will reduce your opponent’s chances of scoring a goal. MORE

How to coach keepers to dive at full stretch - part 1

Dive, dive, dive

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Diving at full stretch to tip a shot around the post makes great TV but what the instant replay does not show is the hours of practice the keeper has put in to achieve that perfect “Hollywood” image. MORE


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