Soccer Drills

On your bike!

u6xo7lwThis drill was  adapted from a game in The Ultimate Football Warm-Ups Manual. Objective: To practice passing and receiving skills. Set-up: Put your players into pairs. One ball per pair. Place three flat cones in a short line. How to play: One player is a server and his partner works round the cones. The player […]

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Walking the dog

u6xo7lwWalking the Dog is a great way to introduce ball control and dribbling to very young football players. It also encourages the development of spatial awareness and soccer vision. Even children as young as two or three will learn how to keep the ball close to them while running and I’ve used this game with […]

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Moving goal game

u6xo7lw Two equal teams. Select two players to become the “moving goal”. These players take the ends of a pole, rope or towel and stretch it out as they move around the space. The other players play a game trying to score in the moving goal. Coaching Points: Players should look at the football during […]

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“They’re all bunched up!”

u6xo7lwBy Ihor Chyzowych That’s what I hear at every U-8 youth soccer coaching course I teach. My reply is always the same: “That’s OK!” Then I get the puzzled looks from nearly every coach or coach-to-be. The kids know what they’re doing, it’s the parents and the new coaches who are confused. Adults see the […]

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What’s wrong with youth soccer?

u6xo7lw“I know a lot of younger players don’t love the game now, but it is not a game you love anymore. When I was young we played in the street, had fun, identified with great players, thought & talked nothing but football, lived for a Saturday game on telly. Now there’s too many games on […]

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Total soccer for children

u6xo7lwWhen should coaches start assigning specific positions to young players? By Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America Magazine, January 2008 issue) We see it so often one wonders whether American youth coaches are getting their soccer advice from Garry Kasparov. “Kids come up to the halfway line,” says Sam Snow, U.S. Youth Soccer’s Director of Coaching […]

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Futsal coaching tips

u6xo7lwIf you coach futsal (and if you don’t, you should!) I’m sure you’ll find the the tips below very useful. I know I did! Short rosters: Teams have short roster to have more playing time. This is not the spirit of Futsal. In Futsal coaches should replace players often to get the most of their […]

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The numbers game – building up from small sided games

u6xo7lwHow 1v1 leads to 4-3-3 and it’s role in player development a youth soccer coaching article by Larry Paul of the Burke Athletic Club Changing the number of players in a team can change the way the team plays. It can mean new responsibilities or opportunities for everyone. The structure, or form, that the game […]

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