Basic soccer skills

Shielding the ball

Warm-up Do some basic ball control moves, along with your stretches. Introduce rolls, pullbacks, and circle turns, if you have not done so, as these techniques will be used in this session. Then, to fully warm up the players, put the players in pairs so that their arms are linked and they are leaning against […]

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Passing, receiving and shooting practice plan for U10s

A passing, dribbling and shooting drill where one side is given an extra player (2 v 1) Game Rules Have substitute players ready to replace those who are playing. One team has a single outfield player, the other has two, and both have a goalkeeper. Several balls should be kept within each goal to keep […]

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A passing practice plan

While each child’s enjoyment still takes priority above anything during the coaching session and basic technique should be maintained, now introduce some technical and tactical elements. This is a good age to teach children basic skills of heading, shielding the ball and using the laces. Continue to help the children learn the rules of the […]

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Decision making for very young soccer players

This practice session will help young soccer players to make their own decisions. It uses the well established and successful technique of guided discovery – a technique that should be understood and used by all youth soccer coaches. Introduction The purpose of this training session is to encourage informed decision making by young players regarding […]

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Moving with the ball for U6 – U9

Topic: moving with the ball Warm up: Body Part Dribbling In a 15 x 20 yd area, each player has a ball. The players dribble freely in the area. When the coach says “NOW”, the players must stop the ball with any body part. Keep it going Variation: After the players try it a few […]

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Passing and receiving for U10-U12

U-10/U-12 team of 14 players, 90 Minutes Total Equipment: 7 red and 7 yellow bibs; 16 cones; 1 ball per player; 1/2 normal size football pitch. Coach arrives at least 15 min. early and lays out two lines of cones 5 yards apart, 8 cones per line, with 5 yards between lines yielding 7 5*5 […]

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Ball control in tight situations

Good close control of the football is very important. Over the years famous players admitted they were self taught – street footballers seem to be of another generation now but kicking a tennis ball around in the street was often the only route open to would be footballers. Whatever its limitations, some of Britain’s all […]

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Ball control and ‘vision’ for U7s

A fun youth soccer practice plan for U7s Soccer Simon Says All of the players dribble around in a box and on command from “Soccer Simon” do various ball control/moves (pull backs etc), leave their ball and collect another, pass to the nearest player, sit on the ball etc. (be inventive!). Throughout the game, the […]

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