Timing Runs to Stay Onside

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on runs, up front, to stay onside.

This activity uses a half field with a keeper in goal, two defenders on the keepers team and two forwards attacking the goal. There is a midfielder, also looking to attack the goal.

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The player with the ball is a static player and the two forwards are the ones looking to move to get open to receive the ball and get to goal. The thing to emphasize is

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The Art of Transition Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays featured activity works on transition (both offense to defense and defense to offense).

This is a regular scrimmage with any numbers you want (in this example we will go with 4 v 4 plus keepers on a 40 x 30 grid but this could go up to 11 v 11 on a full sided field).

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The rules are quite simple, everything is regular rules with one major change. Anytime the coach

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How to Train Long Distance Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shooting from a distance.

Start with a field that is 44 yards wide and 36 yards long (add a second 18 yard box to a regular one and it’s perfect). There is a goal on each end line and a midfield line. This is a 3 v 3 + 1 with keepers.

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The ball starts with a keeper and the rules are

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How to Stay Onside in a Break-away Situation

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on getting to goal and staying onsides in a breakaway type situation.

Start with two attackers just across midfield and a defender at midfield. There is a second defender 10 yards back from the attacker with a ball and a keeper in goal.

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As soon as the attacker with the ball touches the ball, the game is

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Take-Overs and Shooting Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on takeovers and quick shots.

Start with two lines of players (no more than 5 players in a line) facing each other from 20 yards apart, 10 yards outside the 18. There is a “defender/dummy” in 5 yards closer to goal, in the middle. Also have a keeper in goal. One line of players starts with balls.

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The first player with the ball dribbles toward the other line and that first player then

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Beating Defenses with Overlaps

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on overlapping runs and taking players on.

Start with a 40 x 30 area with a line of players on each end. There are two flags 20 yards aparts on the middle line and a player in front of each flag. The first player in each line has a ball.

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The flags represent a defender. The players in the middle check back and wide to receive the first pass.

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The players receiving the pass should turn quickly and dribble at the “defender” while the players who made the pass overlaps around them.

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The player with the ball cuts inside the defender and then plays the ball outside to the runner who then plays the ball to the next player in the opposite line.

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The next player in line then starts and does the same thing.

The keys to this activity is we are working on creating space with the initial checking run, getting a good turn and taking on the defender and then, by cutting inside the defender, creating space for the overlapping run on the outside.

Rotate the players in the middle so they get used to the proper movement and when things are going smoothly, replace the flags with read defenders (who start off with token defense and gradually make it more and more difficult).

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.