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Conditioning drills

Here is a list of soccer conditioning drills and games to do for 10 minutes or so. Some can go longer, but don't try them ...

5v2

Five offensive players try to keep the ball away from two defenders. Switch defender with any offensive player who makes a mistake. COACHING POINTS Offence ...

5 pass game

Playing .. Split players into 2 even teams (play 4 vs 4 up to 7 vs 7) Mark a large grid with cones (approximately 40 ...

4 square soccer

Number of players: 4v4 (or 5v5 if you use goalkeepers) Age group: U10 upwards Set up: divide a 40x30 grid (with a goal at each ...

3v3, one goal

Game Rules A normal 3-a-side game in an area approximately 30 yards by 20 yards, except that it is played around one goal rather than ...

3 team keepaway

Minutes: 10-20 Players: 9-18 Ages: 10-45 Objectives: Soccer warm-up, team work, ball control, possession, passing Description: Make 3 teams (Green-Blue-Red) 4v4v4 or 5v5v5 or 6v6v6 ...

2v1

Game Rules Have substitute players ready to replace those who are playing. One team has a single outfield player, the other has two, and both ...

1v1 practices and finishing drills

Coaches often accelerate into small games of 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 etc without spending adequate time on the basic attacking and defending principles. 1v1 practice games ...

1v1 Battles

The Game Play one v one, trying to score through a 'two-sided' goal. There is no out-of-bounds. The player in possession of the ball is ...

Twelve goalkeeper coaching games and drills

Soft Catch Play game in pairs throwing and catching a football. Try to make no sound as the ball hits the hands (almost impossible!) The ...

8 drills that improve shooting skills

Penalty Box Soccer Objective: Practice scoring goals and marking in the penalty area. Area: Penalty area (directly in front of the goal). Players: Teams of ...

1v1v1

Game Rules One ball for three players in the area shown in the diagram, approximately 15 yards square. Each player plays against the other two ...

Inside, outside

This is an effective pre-match soccer warm-up, as well as a good way to improve ball skills in training sessions for players of all ages ...

Growth spurts

Growth spurts can be a big issue for some children. They have a disorientating affect on their sporting activities and make them more susceptible to ...

Frosty pitch inspections

Youth soccer coaches have to be careful not to allow matches to go ahead on unsuitable pitches. There can often be pressure to allow the ...

First aid advice

When you accept the role of coach, you accept a major responsibility for the care and safety of your players. Although your children must share ...