A passing, dribbling and shooting drill where one side is given an extra player (2 v 1)
- Have substitute players ready to replace those who are playing.
- One team has a single outfield player, the other has two, and both have a goalkeeper.
- Several balls should be kept within each goal to keep a ball in play.
- Make the goal four yards wide, and create a play area 25 yards by 15 yards.
- Encourage both teams to score even though one has a manpower advantage.
- When the ball is out of play, start the game at the goal line by the goalkeeper.
- Keep score.
- Watch the ball but keep head up to observe opponents and the goal.
- Team with two outfield players:
- The player in possession has two options – pass the ball or keep it.
- Pass to teammate with pace and accuracy, and use teamwork to score.
- For the player not in possession, support teammate by being visible.
Team with one outfield player:
- Player in possession keeps the ball until the angle to shoot exists, then tries to score.
- Manipulate the ball, keeping body between opponents and the ball.
- Change pace and direction.
A 1 v 1 v 1 drill that induces the player in possession to create a shooting position
- One ball for three players in the area shown in the diagram, approximately 15 yards square.
- Each player plays against the other two players.
- Each player tries to score in a goal four to five yards wide.
- When the ball goes out of play, the coach puts another ball in play.
- Goalkeeper making a save throws the ball to the coach.
- After 10 balls are served, all three players and the goalkeeper are changed.
- Keep score and play the winners against each other to name the champion.
- Control the ball from the coach.
- Manipulate the ball to avoid challenges.
- Shield the ball when necessary.
- Change direction – turn with the ball.
- Change pace.
- Shoot at the earliest opportunity.
A fun game which encourages good kicking technique and develops passing skills
Mark out an area approximately 15 yards by 10 yards with a goal three yards wide in the middle.
- Each player remains behind his own line.
- A shot can be played with the inside or outside of the foot through the goal.
- The receiving player controls the ball behind his line and tries to pass the ball through the goal (if by lack of control the ball rebounds into the goal, it does not count).
- As the players improve, increase the length of the area of decrease the size of the goal.
- Limit the touches to three or, as players improve, to two.
- Play the game for five minutes and have the players keep score.
- To control the ball and set up the pass.
- To achieve pace and accuracy of passes.
- A circle game that develops passing and shooting
Soccer circle drill – passing and shooting
- Make the goal one cone placed inside an area with a radius of approximately six yards.
- If a liner is not available, the circumference can be marked out with frisbees, bibs or other cones.
- The team in dark uniforms plays against the team in white.
- A goal is scored when the ball is played from outside the area to knock over the cone.
- All players are allowed to run through the circle but no player is allowed to touch the ball in the circle.
- If any player touches the ball in the area, the opposing team has a free shot at the “goal” from the edge of the circle.
- Keep score.
Player in possession:
- To keep an eye on the ball and keep the head up to observe teammates, opponents and the goal.
- To maintain possession of the ball by keeping one’s body between the ball and opponent.
- To change direction, by turning with the ball, and to change pace.
- To pass to teammates and choose which teammate is the better option.
- To achieve pace and accuracy of pass.
Players not in possession:
- To support the player with the ball.
- To know where and when to run.
- To know not to make the same run as other supporting players, or to crowd the player in possession of the ball.
The game should be no longer than three minutes before allowing players to rest.
With a group of 12, six play and six rest.
3v3 one goal
A 3-a-side game which emphasizes dribbling, passing and shooting
- 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 two.
- Emphasize shooting at goal at the earliest opportunity.
- Players combine to create goal-scoring opportunity.
- Team in the dark uniforms can score only from the left side of the field, and team in white only from the right side.
- Re-start game with a throw-in any time the ball goes out of bounds.
- When goalkeeper makes a save from one team, he throws the ball into the opposing half of the field.
- To take early shots from within shooting distance of the goal.
- To provide support for the player with the ball.