Passing, Following and Seeing Space

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, following the pass and seeing space.

Start with 5 players in a circle (you can use the center circle of a field for spacing purposes. There is one ball.

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The player with the ball passes to any of the other players and then sprints right at him.

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The receiving player takes a touch away from pressure and then passes to another player.

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The passer always follows the pass and takes the spot of the receiver (who then becomes the next passer).

Do this for 2 minutes and then add 2 more players and a second ball.

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Both balls are going at the same time and again, it’s pass, follow your pass and then next player finds a player to pass to.

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Do this for 2 minutes and then, if you think the players are ready, add 2 more players and a third ball.

This is a great warm up to work on passing, sprinting after the pass, receiving and finding space.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Possession and Finding a Target Player

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on possession and finding a target player.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with a 5 x 5 area in the middle.

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This is a 6 v 6 activity (the number of players and the size of the

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Defensive Pressure and Attacking Speed

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on  defensive pressure and attacking at speed.

Start with a 30 x 20 grid, 3 attackers, and 2 defenders. There is a group of balls on the end line the attackers are starting on.

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One of the attackers starts with a ball and as soon as he touches the ball the

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Passing Back to the Goalkeeper

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on playing balls back to the keeper.

Using the keeper to relieve pressure is an important part of playing out of the back but it’s also something that is frequently neglected in training. Here is a simple activity that works on just this aspect of the game.

Start with a keeper in goal and a group of field player 40 yards from goal. A server is 45 yards out with some balls.

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The server plays a ball behind the

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Crossing and Finishing Under Pressure

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays featured activity works on long passes, receiving long passes, dribbling at speed, crossing and finishing.

This activity uses half a field with a goal and a keeper in goal. There are 5 groups of players to start. One group has balls just inside of midfield, in the middle of the field. One group is out wide waiting for the first pass. One group is 10 yards away from goal than the group waiting for the ball (they are defenders). One group is out wide on the other side and the last group is off of the end line (they are also defenders).

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The player with the ball starts by either chipping or

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Using Mannequins to Training Crossing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with using dummies (mannequins) to force more accurate crosses.

Let’s start with a simple crossing and finishing activity. A player starts out wide with a ball., another player starts out near the corner of the 18, on the far side. There is a keeper in goal.

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The wide player dribbles toward the end line, cuts in and then

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