Passing Under Pressure and Moving After the Pass

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on passing under pressure and moving after the pass.

Start with 4 lines of players, with each line in the middle of an endline of a 25 x 25 area.  One player starts with a ball.

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The sequence is quite simple.  The player with the ball passes to his right and runs to his left.  The player opposite the passer runs at the passer.

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This results in the players as shown below.

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The sequence continues.

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The player sprinting at the passer starts as the ball is getting to the passer so it adds some pressure to the passer.

You can do this as a two touch passing activity, which forces the receiver to touch the ball away from the runner, or as a one touch passing activity which forces everyone to sprint hard to be ready for the next activity.

In the beginning the players might get a bit confused which will result in them adding communication into the activity but as they catch on, they will be sprinting hard, passing away from pressure and moving after the pass.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Long Passing, Receiving, Crossing and Finishing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on long passing, receiving, crossing and finishing.

Start with a 50 x 40 area with a goal on each end line and a keeper in goal.  The group is evenly split into 4 groups just outside the 4 posts.  There is also a player out wide on each side.

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The player with the ball plays a short pass in front of the opposite line.

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The passer follows his pass into an overlap and the receiving player takes a touch and then drives a ball to the opposite wide players.

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The wide player quickly dribbles down toward the endline and the other two players make runs toward goal.

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The wide player drives the ball into the box for a first time shot

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As soon as the shot is hit, the opposite group does the same thing in the other direction.

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The runners go to the end of the opposite lines and it’s important to rotate the wide players.

This is a great activity to work on short passes, long passes, crosses, finishes and fitness.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Quick Turns and Pullbacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick turns and pull backs.

Start with a player with a ball at his feet and three cones 5 yards away, in a line 3 yards apart (you can change the distance and make them shorter for quicker turns or longer for more running).

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The player dribbles to the first cone and

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A Drill to Improve Quick Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with a player in the D and a server 30 yards away with balls.

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As a warm up the server plays balls into the D. The player must receive the ball and control it with one touch with the ball not leaving the D and then with a second touch he plays the ball back to the server.

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The player wants to stay near the back of the D to give himself as much room to work within the D as possible.

In the beginning the server plays easy balls but then he might start chipping or driving balls into the player.

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Once the player gets comfortable receiving these balls, we add a keeper and a turn for a shot. Now the ball gets played in and the player has one touch to receive the ball and must get a shot hit, from within the D with the second touch.

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Just like before, the server should start with easy balls but then start driving and chipping balls in.

The next step is to add a defender.
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This defender starts passively but in time, build up to a live defender.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Changing the Point of Attack

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on changing the point of attack and taking advantage of the defensive shifts.

This activity uses a half field and has 4 attacking players, 3 defending players and a keeper in goal. There are outside zones from the 18 extended to the sideline and one of the attacking players starts in each outside zone.

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The two central attackers can pass back and forth until one

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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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