3v2 with Diamond Shape Field

Two teams are broken into pairs and placed behind opposite goals. A neutral target is placed in the center of the field. Team A plays a pass out to a neutral player (a target or central midfielder) for a lay off and then attacks two players from Team B. When a shot is taken or […]

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Quality Service Wave Exercise

I know I have said it before, but pounding endless crosses into the box is not the way that I believe youth soccer should be player. I would much prefer fewer chances of greater quality. You can live and die by simply getting balls wide and smacking them into the mixer. The following exercise will […]

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Six Things Parents Should Say to Their Player

A lot of soccer parents with good intentions give a 30 minute lecture, covering all the players supposed deficiencies and giving playing advice, in the car on the way to each match. The kids arrive far off their optimal mental state, and dreading the critique they are likely to hear, whether they want it or […]

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4v2 into 6v4

The gridpitch is a 30 x 30 yd. area with a smaller 15 x 15 yd. area in the middle of it. One team has four players, the other team has 6 players. The team with four players plays 4 v 2 against 2 players in the 15 x 15 yd. area. If the ball […]

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Patience in the Attack

Some teams start to get the concept of possession and do a very good job of building the attack, but lack the opportunity to be patient in the middle and attacking third. They look for the first opportunity to penetrate the defense. While I don’t want to discourage players from counterattacking before the defense is […]

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3v3 (3v2) Wave Game

The game begins with three players attacking two defending players to goal (Goalkeepers in both goals). When the ball goes out of play or possession is lost, the defenders leave the field and are replaced by three attackers that bring on a ball (the former attackers now transition to defend their goal). The player that […]

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