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October 2008 Blog Posts (13)

FIELD VISION GAME 2

Another View of This Drill

The drill or I call a functional practice is actually called the "Four Goal Game". The main purpose is switching play from one side of the field to the other. If a player with the ball is prevented from moving forward, then he / she should turn with the ball with the objective of passing back to supporting players or by finding players who are in a better position to penetrate weaker areas of the field (preferably 2 v 1… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:36am — 1 Comment

FIELD VISION GAME 1

Field between 30 X 30 yard and 50 X 50. Split team/group in half (preferred) or thirds. Use 4 goals about 10 yds from the corner.

Scoring:

- Team scores by passing through the goals to a teammate. Any goal. There is no our and their goal.

- A team can't score consecutively at the same goal.

- Scores can go through the goal from either direction, just make sure the pass is received and controlled to count.

- Possession changes… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:35am — 1 Comment

THROW-IN, TRAP and DRIBBLE

I picked up a drill from another coach and thought it was pretty good. I used it this season to begin the season for my U8 team and it went very well. It's pretty simple, but you get 3 skills involved in one drill. The throw-in, trapping the ball, and dribbling.



You begin by having about half your kids along a sideline and half at a cone at about 10 o'clock about 8/10 yards away. Basically set up a triangle. Have the kids do a running throw-in from the sideline towards an imaginary… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:33am — 3 Comments

CONSTRUCTIVE COMMUNICATION, AWARENESS & VISION

Duration - 20 minutes; # of players - 12-16 (older); Goalies - Yes



Form a large circle of players about 5 yards apart. Every player is given a number that is exclusive to him/her. Start with the ball at player # 1. Player # 1 passes to player # 2 passes to player # 3 passes to player # 4 and so on. At this stage the ball simply travels around the circle until it reaches the last player who then passes the ball back to player # 1. Keep the ball moving around the circle, this is… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

ATTACKING THE NEAR POST Attack, post, run

Here are some notes from the 1993 national coaches convention. I believe the session was put on by Robby and Michele Akers Stohl

LEGEND: A - Attacker; S - Server; D - Defender; W - Wing server; M - Midfielder; NP - Near Post; FP - Far Post; GK - Goalkeeper



SETUP



-- A runs hard diagonal to NP

-- S passes from about the 6 on the goal line (try to hit A at the NP about 2-4 yards from goalline

-- A shoots 1-touch

-- technique--redirect ball to FP… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:24am — 1 Comment

HEADING GAME

Set up two teams of 5v5 or 6v6; set a play area (half-court would be good) with a cone goal at each end. One person starts with the ball in her hands. She tosses it to a teammate who must head it. If another teammate catches it, she may NOT run, but must toss it for another teammate to head. The other team may intercept as follows: if the ball has just been tossed, the defending team may head it; if the ball has just been headed, the defending team may catch it. If the ball goes to the floor,… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

FOUR CORNERS - DRIBBLING AND VISION

Have players form 4 lines each at one corner of a 30x30 or 40x40 square. The first player in each line has a ball. On the coach's signal the first player dribbles diagonally across the square to the other side. Ideally, players will meet somewhere in the middle of the square and if they don't keep their eyes up, they will run into each other. After passing the middle players continue on to the opposite corner where they give a short pass to the next player. Then all 4 of those players go. If… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

WEAVE -- OFF THE BALL

Here is my favorite drill that I put my 14 and under team through. It is called 4 Across the Top. As the name suggests, you will have four lines that run across the half field line. Each line will be 10 yards apart. I suggest that you put up cones to show where each line starts.

#2 passes the ball about 5 feet in front of #1, then #2 makes a jog behind #1 and as #2 goes around #1, #2 will sprint to the corner of the field. As #2 is sprinting to… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:20am — 1 Comment

MOVING THE BALL -- OFF THE BALL

I already use a "drill" for moving to the ball and I'll share it (I'm sure some of you have used it):



4 players, 2 balls, 2 cones.





A.    pass<- C   D ->pass   .B







Players A and B are at the cones with the balls. Players C and D show for the ball and then receive a pass and pass it back. Then, they run across and receive a pass from the other passer (i.e. C starts with A, then goes to B, back to A, etc.) Do this for a bit and… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:14am — 2 Comments

YOUTH FINISHING DRILL

One of the keys elements of finishing is accuracy. Power is nice, but it's a distant second in priority. In the past, I have always stressed the need for shooting with the instep. Though, I don't want to downgrade the importance of this technique, I am starting to believe it is more meaningful to emphasize first and foremost accuracy by "passing" the ball into the goal. Power can be trained later after the player understands a slow roller into the goal is worth more than a rocket shot not on… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

BREAKAWAY - CLOSING

A breakaway practice suggestion:



Warm-up up with 2 or 3 man passing. Use the inside of the foot, instep and front foot to work on accuracy. The weight of the pass should be gradually increased to the point where accuracy is maintained.



Set up cones, goal width apart. Put one player between the cones (*) to act as a quasi-active goalkeeper (no diving or angle cutting movements), while the other two players (A and B) take shots from 10-18 yards away from opposite sides of… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

SHIELDING

Here's How To Chart It









Warmup

In a circle dribbling around the coach the ball is always on the outside foot AWAY from the coach.. Change direction with a chop, outside of foot turn, etc. always AWAY from the opponent. In this case the coach in the center.



Free Play

No instructions.



In pairs keep the ball away from a partner. Change every thirty seconds. Don't worry about resting. They will stop. Just keep circulating and… Continue

Added by SoccerClub Drills Archive on October 25, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Our First Post

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Since this is still a test, I added a fun soccer video below that also includes one of my favorite songs from Monty Python and can be heard in… Continue

Added by Tim McGuinness on October 23, 2008 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

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