Soccer practice plans

Vision and support play

By Vince Ganzberg This session is geared for the advanced level player about the ages of 14 and up. The technical ability to play 1-2 touch, possessing a good first touch, and the ability to receive under pressure is something for you to consider if you are to do this type of training session with […]

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U6-U9 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 times, the coach will yell […]

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U6 balance and co-ordination

Activity Description Objective 1 I can do something can you? The coach begins the activity by saying “I can do something can you?” and demonstrating a physical activity such as jumping jacks. The children then do the same. The coach demonstrations several other physical activities such as: skips, one-legged bounces; star jumps, rolls, etc. After […]

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Training the second defender

Ages: 8+; Equipment: Cones, balls; Players: 4+ Warm-up Start with some basic ball-control movements, such as toe-taps, interspersed with assorted ball control moves. Discussion Defensively, the main players involved are the First Defender (“Pressure player”) and the backup supporting player (called the Second Defender or the “cover” player). The job of the Cover player is […]

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The reset game V2

The original Reset Game was submitted by Coach Carey in New Zealand) This modified version of the Reset Game is for two teams of four players. I’ve used it with my U13s girls to good effect. It really did show them the benefits of constant movement and making angles so they can receive passes. It […]

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Team building

Ball tag—In a space about 40yd x 30yd, give every player a football and a partner. When the chaser hits the ball of the chase with their ball, the roles reverse. Players do not want to be chaser when coach yells freeze.  Version 2: Make two teams to make more dynamic, give each team a […]

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Teach your players the push pass

Ages: 8+; Equipment: Cones/balls/bibs; Players: 12+ Warmup Basic keepaway, with 1-2 defenders and remaining players in large grid, with rule that outside players must keep moving at slow jog. Defenders get 1 pt. if they steal ball, and outside players get 1 pt. if they can get 5 passes in a row. Outside players limited […]

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Chipping the ball

Why is it useful to get players chipping the ball? The chip is used to quickly lift the ball over short distances, for example, to pass the ball over an opponent to one of your team mates or to lift the ball into the penalty area from a few meters away. If executed correctly, the […]

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