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Circle game

Organisation Mark a circle having a centre mark (line intersection; a coin; a scratched "X"). A centre circle works well, but regulation size will be ...

Circle, dribble, tag!

PURPOSE To develop dribbling skills with subtle defensive pressure. LEVEL Advanced beginner, intermediate EQUIPMENT Two soccer balls and four game markers for every six players ...

Change soccer

Organisation Group is split into two; if odd number, coach joins in or plays the strongest squad a player short. In the example shown, three ...

Eleven soccer coaching games that help improve passing skills

Pressure passing Set up a circle of cones about 10m in diameter (you can use the centre circle). One player stands in the middle, the ...

Dynamic passing

One of the most common errors young soccer players make is to stand still and wait for the ball to reach them rather than moving ...

Five ball control games for young soccer players

By Rich Fabrizio at GotSoccer.com We have all seen it – a team masterfully knocking the ball around ad nauseam but accomplishing very little.  Suddenly, ...

Dribble through the gate

Age group: 8 and up Number of players: whole team Equipment: flat cones, bibs (two colours) The first thing to do is start with a ...

Double defending

Objectives: To practice correct defensive stance. To practice closing down and holding up. To demonstrate how effective support defending can be. To help attackers make ...

Don’t let the ball stop!

Suitable for all ages. Play in groups of 6 or 8. Set up Mark out a short, wide pitch with big (10m wide) goals at ...

Cross the ball!

The big mixed bag practice that you can see at the bottom of this page is suitable for 12-14 players who have the power and ...

Corner kick game

This is a good transition game. I stole it from the 1994 Vol. 2, #12 issue of Soccer Coaching. The article was by Roby Stahl ...

Continuous 2v2

Mark a small grid 15yd wide by 25yd long, with 2-3 yard goals (marked out with cones) at the ends. Have about 3 teams of ...

Five great dribbling games

Beehive Provide a 20 yd x 20 yd. grid (or approximately 1sq. yd. per player). Each player has a ball. Players dribble inside grid randomly ...

Ball Tag

Age groups: all ages Number of players: whole team Set up: the size of the grid will vary depending upon the numbers involved as well ...

Across the line

Two teams play soccer on a field without goals. A point is scored when a player dribbles the ball over and stops the ball within ...

Conditioning drills (2)

Indian Running file - Players jog around the field in pairs. The back pair must sprint to the front, outside the line of other players, ...