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.

Finishing From Crosses

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with a grid that is 50 x 50 with a goal on each endline. There are 4 players on the sidelines with balls. They are numbered 1-4. There is a keeper in each goal and 2 forwards in the middle.

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Player 1, on the outside starts by taking a touch and then Continue reading

Small-Sided Game For Crossing and Finishing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on possession, crossing and finishing.

This activity uses half a field. Have a 30 x 44 grid just outside the top of the D with a 4 v 4 plus 1 neutral (numbers can be changed). There is also a neutral player out wide on each side. There is a keeper in goal.

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The players inside the grid are trying to keep possession and are trying to make 5 consecutive passes (the neutral player is always on offense). Once a team makes 5 consecutive passes (passes to the neutral player inside the grid counts) they can Continue reading

How To Maintain Possession From a Throw-In

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on throw ins and maintaining possession.

The ball goes out of play and your team takes a throw in.  The idea here is your team should either be trying to get behind the defense with a quick throw in (if available) or, they should try to maintain possession of the ball.  Too often, if the first option isn’t available, then the second option seems to be “give the ball to the other team”.  Here is a simple activity to work on keeping possession of the ball with a throw in.

Start with a player with a ball over the sidelines.  Have another player start 10 yards away.

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The player without the ball sprints away 10 yards then checks back to the player with the ball.

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As the player is checking back, the player with the ball throws the ball to his FEET (a legal soccer throw in).

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The receiving player one touches the ball back to the thrower who has stepped onto the field.

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This is done 10 times and then the players switch roles.  The big emphasis is making sure the ball is played to feet and making sure the thrower uses proper technique.

Next, do the same thing but this time, add a defender so the runner has to create space for himself and then when when checking back, will have pressure while receiving the throw and playing it back one touch.

This is a very effective way to maintain possession on throw ins because in most cases, the player throwing the ball in will be unmarked.

Have a great day!

Lawrence