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.

drills244a

The ball starts with a keeper and the rules are

Read the rest of this article »

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.

drills243a

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

Read the rest of this article »

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.

drills242a

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

Read the rest of this article »

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.

drills241a

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

drills241b

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

drills241c


drills241d

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.

drills241e

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.

This Is How You Finish a Break-Away

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on finishing breakaways.

A breakaway is such a great way to score a goal and while they don’t occur frequently, they do occur frequently enough that teams need to prepare for them. Not enough teams prepare for them and those that do tend to do so in such an artificial manner that it barely helps. We see teams set up with a line of players 30-40 yards out with balls and a keeper in goal.

drills240a

The first player in line starts dribbling and the keeper

Read the rest of this article »

SSG for High Pressure Defending

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on high pressure defending and taking players on offensively.

Start with a 60 x 40 grid with goals on each endline and a keeper in each goal. There is a designated defender (in white) for each team and 4 v 4 in the middle.

drills239a

The rules are pretty simple. Each player is assigned a player on the other team and that is the only player they can mark. This game involves man to man marking and the only player who can provide any

Read the rest of this article »