1 v 1 Cone Knock Over

Players attack and attempt to strike the other teams cones over. The defender then leaves the field and the attacker now defends a new player that come on with the ball from the opposite team. The first team to knock over all of the cones wins the game.

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High Pressure Defending

By Lawrence Fine  Forwards and midfielders play a critical role in a high-pressure defense and can win the possession back quickly if they attack in an organized manner. This discussion assumes that the team is playing a 4-4-2 system. I consider it to be the most commonly used formation, and there is not much of […]

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4 v 4 v 4 (8 v 4)

Break up the squad into 3 equal teams, A, B and C. Two of the teams are on attack (A and B) and C defends. If a B player causes the attacking teams to lose possession, then all of the B’s become defenders while the A’s and C’s attack together. To keep this straight and […]

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Finishing From Distance

Players play 6 v 6 with restrictions. The field is twice the size of the 18 with two goals and goalkeepers. Four players from each team must stay in their defensive halves and the remaining one (target) from each team must stay in the attacking half. The target has the responsibility to defend while the […]

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Tranforming Women’s Soccer Speed of Play

By: Dan MinutilloThis article focuses only on speed of play on offense. To speed up the women’s game, each principle must be emphasized at every training session and team meeting from the day the team first meets until the last game of the season and then must start again in pre-season work to the end […]

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6 v 6 with Window Players

Players play 6 v 6 with 6 “window players” on the outside that play for the team in possession. Window players on the goal lines may only use one touch. The window players on the touch lines may use two touches. Some coaches set two window players on each goal line (one on each side […]

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Running With the Ball and Fitness

A very simple exercise that works on running with the ball and also provides fitness with the ball. Running with the ball (dribbling at speed) is often under addressed in the youth game today. Players dribble through a gate at speed and then chase the next player that is dribbling. The player about to dribble […]

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Dutch Squares

We used to call this activity Dutch Squares and there are many more variations you can incorporate. Your players receive a lot of good work on passing and receiving/

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