Attacking skills

Shooting for U8s

Equipment: Cones, pinnies, 1 ball per player Warm up Link Tag – Create pairs of players and have them link arms, break one of the pairs apart and give one of them a penny, the player with the penny is it and will chase the other player until they link up with one of the […]

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Shooting for U10s

Equipment: 1 ball per player, cones, pennies Warm up Math Dribble – Players dribble around in the are when the coach calls out a math problem the players must get in groups matching the answer, finish with a math problem that results in 2. A useful activity to get the players into groups without them […]

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Attack with pace and width

It doesn’t matter if your team plays six, seven, eight, nine or 11-a-side… you want them to attack with pace. It’s also important that your players use the whole width of the pitch. Spreading out when you’re attacking is a basic tactic. It pulls opposition defenders out of position, creates gaps that your players can […]

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A complete shooting practice

Age group: U8 – U12 Warm Up: 5 – 10 minutes. Activity level – increasing. Space: General. 1 – 2 Players per group. Instep Warm Up The Game A good warm up for coaching sessions dealing with instep passing and/or shooting. Start with players sitting down and kicking the football out of their hands. Look […]

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Shooting accuracy

Improve your team’s shooting accuracy! soccer coaching drill – shooting EQUIPMENT: 2 footballs, 2 cones, 1 tarp and bungee cords or rope NUMBER OF PLAYERS: Whole team After watching two games in a row where my team shot over and over directly to the opponent’s goalkeeper, I decided that I needed to do something drastic […]

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Attacking with confidence

A youth soccer training session by Scott Placek In several posts, I have advocated an emphasis on developing confidence with the ball at the feet, regardless of the position a player plays. In today’s game with the interchangeability of positions, any player may find themselves in an attacking position. Moreover, the ability to dribble confidently, […]

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