Passing, Receiving and Awareness

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and awareness.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with 3 groups of 4’s.  The size of the grid and the number of people in the groups can vary based on availability, ability and need.  Three players start with a ball.

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In this example, the black team passes to the yellow team.  The yellow team passes to the blue team and the blue team passes to the black team.  Whenever a player makes a pass he must sprint at the receiving player and just before getting to him, cut in one direction or the other.

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At the same time that the black player is passing to the yellow player and running at him, the yellow player is bassing to the blue player and running at him and the  blue player is passing to the black player and running at him.

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This activity quickly becomes quite hectic as players are either passing, receiving, running at someone or making themselves available for the next pass.

You can alter this activity by adding more balls, or by limiting touches (all passes are one touch or two touches).

Personally, I like this activity because it has a lot of movement, communication and thinking while the players just think they are passing and receiving.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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.

High Pressure Defensive Shape and Balance

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive shape and balance with an emphasis on high pressure.

Start with a 10 x 20 yard area (10 yards deep and 20 yards wide) with 3 attacking players starting on an endline and 2 defenders. One of the attacking players has a ball.

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The attacking players are trying to take the ball over the opposite end line. The defenders are using high pressure to prevent the attackers from getting Continue reading

The Purpose of a Set Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays topic is a bit different in that it looks at the purpose of drills instead of at a particular drill.

At some of the coaching courses they teach you to NOT use the word “drill”. Instead, we should use “game”, “exercise” or “activity”. Part of the reason seems to be that “drill” seems to have a Continue reading

Making Runs For Long Passes

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on making a long pass, receiving a long pass and then timing runs for balls served from the side.

With the big emphasis on small sided soccer (which usually means small fields) a lot of players have lost the ability to pass a ball 35-40 yards accurately and also to receive these type of balls. This is a progression which works on that, and a lot more.

Start with a player in the middle of the field 45 yards out or so. Another player is out wide and then there are two players on the other side. There is also a keeper in goal.

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The player in the middle starts with a ball and drives a ball out Continue reading

Conditioned Passing Game

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured game is a regular scrimmage with an emphasis on passing

Depending upon the number of players available this can be a full field game (11 v 11) or smaller if less numbers are available. Play with full sized goals (or if keepers aren’t available play with small goals).

All regular rules apply and the only difference with this game and a normal game is the scoring.

A “negative” pass counts as 1 point. This would be a pass made away from the goal you are attacking. In this case, negative means away from and NOT bad.

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A “neutral” pass in the defensive half of the field counts as Continue reading