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.

The Art of Transition Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays featured activity works on transition (both offense to defense and defense to offense).

This is a regular scrimmage with any numbers you want (in this example we will go with 4 v 4 plus keepers on a 40 x 30 grid but this could go up to 11 v 11 on a full sided field).

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The rules are quite simple, everything is regular rules with one major change. Anytime the coach

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How to Train Long Distance Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shooting from a distance.

Start with a field that is 44 yards wide and 36 yards long (add a second 18 yard box to a regular one and it’s perfect). There is a goal on each end line and a midfield line. This is a 3 v 3 + 1 with keepers.

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The ball starts with a keeper and the rules are

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How to Stay Onside in a Break-away Situation

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on getting to goal and staying onsides in a breakaway type situation.

Start with two attackers just across midfield and a defender at midfield. There is a second defender 10 yards back from the attacker with a ball and a keeper in goal.

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As soon as the attacker with the ball touches the ball, the game is

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Take-Overs and Shooting Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with two lines of players (no more than 5 players in a line) facing each other from 20 yards apart, 10 yards outside the 18. There is a “defender/dummy” in 5 yards closer to goal, in the middle. Also have a keeper in goal. One line of players starts with balls.

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The first player with the ball dribbles toward the other line and that first player then

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Beating Defenses with Overlaps

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on overlapping runs and taking players on.

Start with a 40 x 30 area with a line of players on each end. There are two flags 20 yards aparts on the middle line and a player in front of each flag. The first player in each line has a ball.

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The flags represent a defender. The players in the middle check back and wide to receive the first pass.

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The players receiving the pass should turn quickly and dribble at the “defender” while the players who made the pass overlaps around them.

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The player with the ball cuts inside the defender and then plays the ball outside to the runner who then plays the ball to the next player in the opposite line.

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The next player in line then starts and does the same thing.

The keys to this activity is we are working on creating space with the initial checking run, getting a good turn and taking on the defender and then, by cutting inside the defender, creating space for the overlapping run on the outside.

Rotate the players in the middle so they get used to the proper movement and when things are going smoothly, replace the flags with read defenders (who start off with token defense and gradually make it more and more difficult).

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

This Is How You Finish a Break-Away

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

A breakaway is such a great way to score a goal and while they don’t occur frequently, they do occur frequently enough that teams need to prepare for them. Not enough teams prepare for them and those that do tend to do so in such an artificial manner that it barely helps. We see teams set up with a line of players 30-40 yards out with balls and a keeper in goal.

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The first player in line starts dribbling and the keeper

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