Receiving that Ball Under Pressure

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on hard passes, applying high pressure and receiving a ball under pressure and beating a defender.

Start with a 40 x 20 grid with a line 15 yards from one of the end line. There is a player on each end line and the one closest to the line in the middle has a ball.

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The player with the ball drives a

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Warm-Up for Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a warm up for combination play with a little bit of pressure.

There are two groups of four in a 20 x 20 grid with two balls. To start I’ll show this with only one group. Two players are on end lines and the other two are in the middle. The ball starts with one of the outside players.

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The player on the outside starts by

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Possession and Finding a Target Player

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on possession and finding a target player.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with a 5 x 5 area in the middle.

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This is a 6 v 6 activity (the number of players and the size of the

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Defensive Pressure and Attacking Speed

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on  defensive pressure and attacking at speed.

Start with a 30 x 20 grid, 3 attackers, and 2 defenders. There is a group of balls on the end line the attackers are starting on.

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One of the attackers starts with a ball and as soon as he touches the ball the

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Passing Back to the Goalkeeper

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on playing balls back to the keeper.

Using the keeper to relieve pressure is an important part of playing out of the back but it’s also something that is frequently neglected in training. Here is a simple activity that works on just this aspect of the game.

Start with a keeper in goal and a group of field player 40 yards from goal. A server is 45 yards out with some balls.

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The server plays a ball behind the

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Crossing and Finishing Under Pressure

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Todays featured activity works on long passes, receiving long passes, dribbling at speed, crossing and finishing.

This activity uses half a field with a goal and a keeper in goal. There are 5 groups of players to start. One group has balls just inside of midfield, in the middle of the field. One group is out wide waiting for the first pass. One group is 10 yards away from goal than the group waiting for the ball (they are defenders). One group is out wide on the other side and the last group is off of the end line (they are also defenders).

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The player with the ball starts by either chipping or

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Using Mannequins to Training Crossing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with using dummies (mannequins) to force more accurate crosses.

Let’s start with a simple crossing and finishing activity. A player starts out wide with a ball., another player starts out near the corner of the 18, on the far side. There is a keeper in goal.

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The wide player dribbles toward the end line, cuts in and then

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Decisions When Attacking

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on attacking with pressure or playing away simple.

Start with a 4 v 4 game plus keepers in a 50 x 40 grid with full sized goals (the number of players and size of the field can vary).

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This is a regular scrimmage with regular rules with 1 big exception.

● When a player receives a ball, they can either play the ball one touch.

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● Or they can attack a defender or goal by dribbling.

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They can’t receive the ball and stop by the ball dead.

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Nor can they dribble toward space.

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The thing we are trying to emphasize here is when a player is about to receive a ball, he should either put pressure on the defender by attacking the defender or the goal. If that opportunity doesn’t exist, then the other option is to make a one touch pass to safety.

When we look at some of todays greats (Robben, Ronaldo, Di Maria) they put pressure on the defense as opposed to letting the defense put pressure on them. That is the emphasis with today’s activity.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.