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

Crossing a Moving Ball Quickly

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on quick serves.

Serving the ball from out wide is an important part of the game but it’s not good enough to just be able to serve a stationary ball or a slow moving ball, it’s important to be able to get to it quickly, and get the ball served.  This activity works on that skill

Start with a server near the corner of the D with balls.  An outside player starts out wide even with the 18.  There are 2 gates set up in the 18

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The server starts by playing the ball toward the corner.  The wide player must Continue reading