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Watch your tail!

Objective: A) To warm your players up before a training session. B) Generate team spirit. Age group: U6 and up Equipment required: One training vest ...

Volleyball

It's very important that young players get their bodies quickly into line with an approaching ball, especially if it is in the air. If they ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Transition soccer

Objective: to practice passing, shooting, dribbling and changing quickly from attack to defence. Age group: U10s and older. Set up: Divide your players into teams ...

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, ...

Top tips for goalkeepers

Keeper/sweeper The idea of having the goalkeeper push up to the edge of the penalty area or even the halfway line when their team is ...

Three team keepaway

Objectives: To practice support play, ball control and 'vision'. Age group: U10s and upwards. Set up: Create a 25-yard square with goals on two of ...

Three easy steps to improve goalie positioning

Being in the right place at the right time is the most important part of the goalkeeping art. You can help your goalie understand the ...

Three and in

This is a classic game from the past that was played in the street, the park and the playground. It's a great way for everyone ...

The three zone game

Objective: To improve passing accuracy, decision making, spotting opportunities. Age group: U8s to U14s. Set up: Create a 40x20 yards playing area, dividing into thirds ...

Three musketeers

Objective: To improve passing, support off the ball, teamwork and communication. Age group: U8s to U12s. Set up: Divide your players into teams of four ...

Is heading dangerous?

There has been (and still is) a lot of discussion about the dangers of heading the ball but the short answer to the question "is ...

Six goal game

This is a classic coaching game that I use several times a season with players aged from six to 15. It works on several key ...

The role of the referee in youth soccer

Officiating at youth football matches involves a lot more than simply applying the Laws of the Game. Refereeing a match involving children requires tact, a ...