Passing, Receiving, Quick Turns and Movement Off the Ball

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving, quick turns and movement off the ball.

Start with 2 lines of players 20 yards apart and one player in the middle. A ball starts with the first player in one of the lines.

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The player with the ball passes to the player in the middle and then follows his pass.

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The receiving player turns and passes to the first player in the other line and then follows his pass.

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The player who receives the ball on the end line one touches the ball back to the passer who lays the ball off for a square pass.

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The player with the ball then one touches the ball to the middle player, follows his pass and they continue this pattern.

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Once this activity is going there is a one touch wall pass series on each end, a quick turn and pass in the middle and movement after each pass.

Each pass has to passed to the correct spot, weighted properly and timed properly.

You can change the type of turns in the middle, for variety, and also alter the distance of each of the passes.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Footwork, Fitness and Finishing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with three balls lined up 5 yards apart beyond the top of the D and then 6 balls spread out around the top of the 18. There is a keeper in goal and a line of players beyond the last ball.

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The first player starts by sprinting to the first ball and jumping side to side over the ball 6 times.

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The player then runs to the next cone and does the same while the next player in line goes to the first cone.

 

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The players then go to the next ball and the third player joins in.

 

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The first player then sprints to the first ball on his right and shoots a first time shot, while the others move up.

 

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The next player to shoot will sprint to the first ball on his left and then the following player will shoot to the second ball on the right etc.

 

The idea here is to get quick jumps, move forward, get more jumps in and then when it’s time to shoot, get the steps correct for a good shot on goal.

 

Another option is to have a server near the last ball in line and the server plays a simple ball for the shooter to run onto and hit first time.

 

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The advantage of using the server is it forces the players to hit a moving ball.

 

Other options are to have the players take touches on top of the balls or on the sides of the ball, as opposed to jumping over the balls.

 

As soon as a player shoots they must retrieve their ball, get it back and get back to the line to be ready for their next turn.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Quick Turns and Pullbacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick turns and pull backs.

Start with a player with a ball at his feet and three cones 5 yards away, in a line 3 yards apart (you can change the distance and make them shorter for quicker turns or longer for more running).

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The player dribbles to the first cone and

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A Drill to Improve Quick Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with a player in the D and a server 30 yards away with balls.

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As a warm up the server plays balls into the D. The player must receive the ball and control it with one touch with the ball not leaving the D and then with a second touch he plays the ball back to the server.

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The player wants to stay near the back of the D to give himself as much room to work within the D as possible.

In the beginning the server plays easy balls but then he might start chipping or driving balls into the player.

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Once the player gets comfortable receiving these balls, we add a keeper and a turn for a shot. Now the ball gets played in and the player has one touch to receive the ball and must get a shot hit, from within the D with the second touch.

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Just like before, the server should start with easy balls but then start driving and chipping balls in.

The next step is to add a defender.
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This defender starts passively but in time, build up to a live defender.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Changing the Point of Attack

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on changing the point of attack and taking advantage of the defensive shifts.

This activity uses a half field and has 4 attacking players, 3 defending players and a keeper in goal. There are outside zones from the 18 extended to the sideline and one of the attacking players starts in each outside zone.

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The two central attackers can pass back and forth until one

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Timing Runs to Stay Onside

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on runs, up front, to stay onside.

This activity uses a half field with a keeper in goal, two defenders on the keepers team and two forwards attacking the goal. There is a midfielder, also looking to attack the goal.

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The player with the ball is a static player and the two forwards are the ones looking to move to get open to receive the ball and get to goal. The thing to emphasize is

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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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