Gate Game

Create a grid from about the 18 yard box to half field (you can adjust the size depending upon the numbers and ability level). Randomly place 2 yard goals at different angles in the grid. In the video, you will see teams play 6v6 and keep possession while trying to score points. Teams score by […]

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Soccer Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a great activity to work on receiving flighted balls. The beauty of the game is its simplicity. You only need four player, two balls, and two cones (tee shirts or whatever is handy can substitute). The players are paired into teams and then each of the teammates are placed close to one of […]

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Tactical Skills Test

In the spring of 1988, German coach T.K. Trapp administered a 30-question quiz that he had designed to a group of U.S. National Staff coaches. The objective of the test was to examine and make the correct tactical decisions in each of the diagrammed situations. Eugene Chyzowych provided a copy of this test to Soccer […]

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Counterattacking Exercise

Use the length of the pitch.Divide it into three central areas. The central area being 44 yards wide by 25 yards long. Play 4 v 4 in this area and 1 v 1 in the attacking areas (The game is directional. On one end, the yellow team’s target plays against the blue teams defender. On […]

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Final Pass

There are two teams of 5 players per field (you can increase the player numbers with a larger field). The way to score is to pass the ball into an end zone and have it received by a teammate. The ball must enter the end zone before the player can. Emphasis is placed on timing […]

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Finishing with Diagonal Runs

Player (A) on the center cone checks away and then check back to receive the ball from players (B) in the other line. Player A plays one touch pass back, then makes a diagonal run to one of the outside cones to receive a pass from player B. Player A then immediately goes to goal. […]

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Finishing with Pressure

I first saw this exercise when Frans Van Balkom came to town and used it when working with my club team. It creates a more realistic finishing exercise due to the pressure received by the striker. There are three lines: one 5 yards off the post on the goal line (line A), one 18 yards […]

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Match Analysis

by Jeff PillIf one of the goals of coaching is to get the most out of the available time for practice, it is important to make a careful analysis of what needs to be done. The best way to find out what needs to be done is to observe a team in a full game. […]

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