Planning

The most important soccer skills to teach young players

Soccer players need a lot of different skills, and it does not matter for most of these skills whether you teach Skill A or Skill B first. However, there are some skills that are absolute “must-haves” for any player- and are so important that you probably will want to teach them first. These are basic […]

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Five indoor coaching games

Indoor soccer coaching brings challenges. Obviously there’s less room, so some of the soccer games and drills you use outdoors simply won’t work. On the other hand, there are benefits to be gained from training indoors. One of them is the surface underfoot. It’s good for soccer skill development to practise on a nice, smooth […]

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Pre-season training

by Eamonn Dolan (Reading FC Academy manager) first published on BBC Sport A good pre-season is a must for all professional players in the Premier League and Football League – but is also hugely valuable for all amateur and junior players. Here Reading FC Academy manager Eamonn Dolan describes how he would begin to prepare […]

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How to prepare for a soccer tournament

Football tournaments can be a lot of fun. Your players get to play different formats of the game, play against players they’ve never met before as well as get to eat lots of ice cream! But coaches who take their teams to summer tournaments need to plan the weekend very carefully. It’s all too easy […]

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Example soccer coaching practice plans

These are two examples of the sort of practice plan I write before each coaching session. The objective of the first session was to improve general ball control and shooting skills. I had sixteen 10 and 11 year old girls of varying ability and one assistant who mirrored the activities I was running. Warm up […]

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Coaching indoors this winter?

Cold nights, wind, rain, sleet, snow… At this time of year, many youth football coaches are thinking about moving their coaching sessions indoors until the weather improves. But indoor football coaching has its own, unique, set of problems that have to be considered when you are planning your sessions. The main one, of course, is […]

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Choosing the size of your playing area

So you thought that size didn’t matter…. Well, in soccer coaching anyway, it definitely does. The size of the playing area you use when coaching can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of your soccer coaching drill session. Basically, the larger the area the easier it is for your players to experience success. So […]

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What’s the plan?

“When Johan started as Ajax coach he had a vision in which he continued to believe, even when things didn’t go so well.” Frank Rijkaard In order for a coach to coach he needs to recognize when things are going wrong. To do that he needs some idea of when things are going right. He […]

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