Attacking

Three and in

This is a classic game from the past that was played in the street, the park and the playground. It’s a great way for everyone to have a turn in goal. Objective: To score lots of goals! Set up: Divide a suitably size playing area in two so there are two games going on in […]

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Take your chances!

Objective: to improve your players’ ability to take scoring chances quickly. Experience: any. Set-up: set up an area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide or use half a seven-a-side pitch. Place a goal on one end line. Divide your players into two teams. Tip: if you have more than eight or 10 players, keep […]

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Finishing school

We all spend time teaching our players how to shoot but most of us don’t spend much time teaching them how to finish. This is a shame because young goalkeepers quite often spill the ball and a quick-thinking player who follows his team’s shots will often reap rewards. Tip: following up on shots is a […]

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The box game

Objective: To improve passing, vision, movement off the ball, communication and transition from defence to attack. Age group: U9s upwards. Number of players: Whole squad divided into two teams of four or five (if you have more than ten players, make four teams and play two games). Set up: Create a 40×30 playing area with […]

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Where’s the goal?

This is a great way to help young players play with their heads up and work together to score goals. Age group: U6s to U10s. Equipment required: A pole, training vests, a playing area and a couple of balls. Number of players: Six to 14. Set-up: Create a scrimmage area. For ten U10s, I would […]

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What to do if you’re being marked

As well as teaching players how to mark, they need to be taught how to react if they are being marked. For a start, any of your players who are being marked in open play should treat it as a compliment. They are clearly considered to be good players who are a danger to the […]

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Share the glory!

If you coach a young team, you will undoubtedly have come across a youngster who is a talented player and striker but doesn’t like to share the glory and pass to teammates. These soccer coaching tips look at how to tackle this problem, without squashing your player’s enthusiasm for the game. One simple solution, and […]

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Attack with speed and pace

“The most important thing for a forward is speed of thought. Top players read the game.” Samuel Eto’o It’s useful if your players are fit, strong and have the speed of an Olympic sprinter. Fast defenders can recover from a mistake and naturally speedy attackers can use their pace to run past defenders as though […]

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