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.
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
Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity involves a 4 person combination for a cross and finish.
Start with 2 players on the end line and 2 players 40 yards out. The sets of players are 5 yards apart. There is a keeper in goal.
The 2 players on the end line check back to the ball in a Continue reading
Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on balls over hit to the far post.
One of the most difficult ball to deal with is the ball served far post that is over hit.
If the attacker can get to the ball they tend to try to go for Continue reading
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.
The player without the ball sprints away 10 yards then checks back to the player with the ball.
As the player is checking back, the player with the ball throws the ball to his FEET (a legal soccer throw in).
The receiving player one touches the ball back to the thrower who has stepped onto the field.
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!
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
The server starts by playing the ball toward the corner. The wide player must Continue reading
Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on long passes, receiving long passes and short combinations.
Start with players in groups of 2’s in a 50 x 50 area.
One player has a ball and they make a long pass (preferably between 30-45 yards) to another Continue reading