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.

Warm-Up For Passing and Dribbling

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a warm up that works on short passing, turning while receiving the ball, dribbling, turning off the dribble and longer passes.

Start with server with a ball and a player 30 yards away (in this example, there is only one server and one player but you would have many going at the same time in a team training session). There should also be a line 15 halfway between the server and player.

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The player checks to the ball and the server passes it so Continue reading

Dribbling and Awareness Small-Sided Game

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a game that works on dribbling and awareness.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with flags 10 yard on the outside of each corner.

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Players are in teams of 3’s inside the grid and each player has Continue reading

Dribbling and Passing Warm-Up Game

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a dribbling and passing warm up game.

Start with 15-18 players in a big circle (40 yard diameter) with a small square (5 x 5) in the middle

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Start with one player having a ball. This player dribbles into Continue reading

Dribbling and Flair

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on dribbling, shielding and flair.

Start with a 25 yard in diameter circle.  Groups of 2’s are in the circle with one being on offense and the other being on defense.  There are players on the outside of the circle with balls.


The offensive players (in this case the black jerseys) check to Continue reading

Playing and Receiving a Long Ball

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on playing a long ball, receiving a long ball, dribbling toward goal, shooting, goalkeeping and fitness

Start with two small line of players on one sideline (one line with balls), 30-40 yards from goal.

Opposite them is another line of players.  A keeper is in goal.


The first player with a ball drives a ball cross field to the Continue reading