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Correct Spacing For Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on spacing and combination play.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid broken into quarters. There are two teams of twos in the middle and two supporting players for each team on the sides.

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To start, a yellow player, on the outside, has a ball and passes toContinue reading

Build Up and Combination Play

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on combination play between a forward and midfielder and staying onside.

Start with 2 cones 30 yards from goal. A forward starts in front of the cones. Another player is 15 yards further back with a ball. There are players ready to take these two players spots and a keeper in goal.

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The forward starts by checking away and thenContinue reading

Quick Combinations and Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on small combinations and shooting.

Start with two groups of players. Three players in each group start in triangles outside the 18. In the example below, players 1, 2 and 3 make a group and players 4, 5 and 6 make the second group. There is a keeper in goal and extra players for each group.

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Player 1 starts with a ball and makes a quick pass toContinue reading

Combinations For Crosses

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.

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The 2 players on the end line check back to the ball in aContinue reading

How To Teach Long Passing and Receiving

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.

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One player has a ball and they make a long pass (preferably between 30-45 yards) to anotherContinue reading

Quick Combinations Leading to Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick combinations to get a shot hit.

Start with a target player at the top of the 18, a center midfielder with a ball 20 yards further out and two other central midfielders providing support. There is a keeper in goal.

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The ball gets played into the target player who then lays the ball off for one of the two supporting midfielders for a first time shot.

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The key is the two supporting midfielders don’t wait for the ball to be layed off in order for them to make their run, they are moving with the first pass and don’t know if they will receive the ball or not.

Do this a few times (rotating players into different roles) and then add a defender on the target player.

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Now the target player lays the ball off based on how the defender is positioned. He would want to lay the ball off away from the defender, if possible.

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Next add a second defender behind the first.

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Now we have the possibility of a 2, 3 or even 4 person combination to get the shot hit

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In the beginning, if the players pre plan their attack that is fine but ideally, you want them to build up to where they are reading the situation and reacting accordingly.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Midfielders and Forwards Attacking Combinations

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards combining to get to goal.

Start with a midfielder in possession of the ball around midfield.  Two other central midfielders out a bit wider and 10 yards in front and a forward just outside the top of the D.  A keeper is in the goal they are attacking.


Player 1 finds the forward with a pass.  He then startsContinue reading

Midfield/Forward Combination Play

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on a midfielder playing into a target player and then a quick combination.

A line of players with balls starts around 40 yards from goal.  A target player started 25 yards from goal between two cones.  A keeper is in goal.


The first player with the ball plays it into theContinue reading

A 3-person Passing Combination Working On Passing and Movement

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a 3 person passing combination working on passing and movement.

Start with a 20 x 10  with two players in opposite corners and one in the middle. Player 1, on the outside starts with a ball.


Player 1 passes to player 2 and then sprints to theContinue reading

Midfielders and Forwards Combination Play

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards working together in combination play.

We want our players to get accustomed to looking for combination opportunities so in these activities we recreate various ones.

Starting with 4 attacking players and a keeper.  One player is a forward, one is an outside midfielder and 2 are central midfielders.


The first combination simply is a pass into the target player who thenContinue reading

Combination Play For Forwards

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on forwards working together, combination play and finishing.

Start with a keeper in goal, two forwards staggered but close together and a few players in line near midfield with balls.

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The first player in line plays the ball to the deep forward (who hasContinue reading