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A bloody, murthering practice…

An account of football in Victorian times, written in 1891 by P.H. DITCHFIELD, M.A. "...the great game for Shrove Tuesday was our time-honoured football, which ...

Blob Tag

All the players are inside the grid. All but three have a soccer ball at their feet. The three without a ball form a 'blob' ...

Six simple SSGs

These SSGs are designed to improve passing, dribbling and shooting skills 4 v. 4 The Basic Game Size of Field Depends on the age of ...

Black Hole Keepaway

Focus: Possession through passing, spreading out, using space. Age: U8-U10 (And older) Equipment: Flat cones to define the playing area. Coloured bibs to identify teams ...

Big goals, small goals

This is a good game for improving communication skills among your players. The players attacking the two small goals have to work together to score ...

Youth soccer coaching best practice

A report by the U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department This report is both a practical guide and a thought-provoking discussion about how best to coach ...

Bend it like Beckham!

We've all seen players such as Beckham, Ronaldo and Zidane bend the ball round a wall and into the net from free kicks taken anything ...

Passing and receiving for U10-U12

U-10/U-12 team of 14 players, 90 Minutes Total Equipment: 7 red and 7 yellow bibs; 16 cones; 1 ball per player; 1/2 normal size football ...

Basic futsal coaching

How to coach youth futsal I. The basics The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. The ...

Basic ball skill games

The games described below can easily be incorporated into practice sessions for young children. They're fun, simple to explain and help reinforce basic skills without ...

Side to Side

Age group: all age groups Set up Use a 10 by 10 yard square grid marked out with a cone at each corner. Put players ...

Shoot!

A soccer coaching game that encourages players to shoot on sight. Age group: All ages Set up Mark out a short, wide pitch with big ...

Ball control for young players

Basic ball control drill to develop players' first-touch soccer skills Age group: All ages Set up: Cones, 1 ball per group of 3 players, players ...

Basic attacking team tactics

Teach your players how to attack! The objective of the game is to score goals, but certain variables such as the scoreline can influence a ...

Bang! Steal the Bacon

Help your players cope with the physical side of soccer! BANG! Set up a scrimmage in what we affectionately call the "pressure cooker". This is ...

Juggling and ‘keepy-uppies’

Warning!! Learning to juggle is not easy! There are not many "shortcuts". It can be very frustrating to new players and they just want to ...