Passing, Receiving and Awareness

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and awareness.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid with 3 groups of 4’s.  The size of the grid and the number of people in the groups can vary based on availability, ability and need.  Three players start with a ball.

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In this example, the black team passes to the yellow team.  The yellow team passes to the blue team and the blue team passes to the black team.  Whenever a player makes a pass he must sprint at the receiving player and just before getting to him, cut in one direction or the other.

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At the same time that the black player is passing to the yellow player and running at him, the yellow player is bassing to the blue player and running at him and the  blue player is passing to the black player and running at him.

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This activity quickly becomes quite hectic as players are either passing, receiving, running at someone or making themselves available for the next pass.

You can alter this activity by adding more balls, or by limiting touches (all passes are one touch or two touches).

Personally, I like this activity because it has a lot of movement, communication and thinking while the players just think they are passing and receiving.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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.

Making Runs For Long Passes

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on making a long pass, receiving a long pass and then timing runs for balls served from the side.

With the big emphasis on small sided soccer (which usually means small fields) a lot of players have lost the ability to pass a ball 35-40 yards accurately and also to receive these type of balls. This is a progression which works on that, and a lot more.

Start with a player in the middle of the field 45 yards out or so. Another player is out wide and then there are two players on the other side. There is also a keeper in goal.

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Receiving the Ball With the Outside of the Foot

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activities work on receiving the ball with the outside of the foot.

There is a tendency to “kill” the ball when receiving it with the inside of the foot (to kill the ball simply means to stop the ball completely as opposed to receiving the ball and keeping it moving). While it’s certainly possible to keep the ball moving with the inside of the foot, it’s even easier to do with the outside of the foot so these two activities work on receiving the ball with the outside of the foot.

Start with two players 15 yards apart. One of them should have a ball.

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Passing and Receiving

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, receiving and taking players on.

Start with 3 groups in a confined space. In this example, we have 3 groups of 4’s in a 40 x 40 area. One of the groups starts with a ball.

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