Playing Off of the Target Player

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on playing off of the target player.

Start with a target player at the top of the 18, a defender right behind him (and players prepared to take their place) a server 40 yards out and a line of attackers even with the server. The server has balls and there is a keeper in goal.

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The server starts by playing a ball into the

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Quick Passing Combinations to Shoot

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick passing combinations and shooting.

Start with three players in a triangle just outside the 18. The first player has a ball. There is a line of players outside the triangle with balls waiting to take the first player’s spot. There is also a keeper in goal.

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The first player passes to the

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1 v 1 Creating Shooting Opportunities in Tight Spaces

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on 1 v 1 play and getting shots in tight spaces.

Too often we work on shooting with a stationary ball or with a lot of space to work within. This activity helps prepare the attacking player to be able to get a shot hit in a tight space.

Start with an attacking player on the top of the D, a defender at the top of the 18 and a keeper in goal. The attacking player has a ball.

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

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Receiving Balls, Turning and Quick Touches

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Todays featured activity works on receiving balls, turning and quick touches.

A player starts in between 2 cones that are 6 yards apart. There is a server, with a ball, 10 yards away.

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The server plays a ball on the ground, directly to the player.

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The receiving player takes a first touch to the side with the inside of the foot, and then passes the ball back as soon as the ball gets outside the cone.

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The player quickly returns to the middle and then does the same thing in the other direction.

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This is done for a one minute period.

Next do the same thing but this time the first touch as to be with the outside of the foot.

Next do the same thing but this time the turn is from the front of the cone to the back so it makes a full 180.

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Next do the same thing but this time the first touch takes the player beyond the cone with the outside of the foot and then with the inside of the same foot he cuts the ball back inside the cone and then passes back.

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Do each of these activities for one minute at full speed and then rest for a minute.

There are many other options but this gives you a good idea of various ways to work on the first touch, quick turns and quick touches.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Receiving that Ball Under Pressure

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on hard passes, applying high pressure and receiving a ball under pressure and beating a defender.

Start with a 40 x 20 grid with a line 15 yards from one of the end line. There is a player on each end line and the one closest to the line in the middle has a ball.

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The player with the ball drives a

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Warm-Up for Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a warm up for combination play with a little bit of pressure.

There are two groups of four in a 20 x 20 grid with two balls. To start I’ll show this with only one group. Two players are on end lines and the other two are in the middle. The ball starts with one of the outside players.

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The player on the outside starts by

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