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.

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.

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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Take-Overs and Shooting Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with two lines of players (no more than 5 players in a line) facing each other from 20 yards apart, 10 yards outside the 18. There is a “defender/dummy” in 5 yards closer to goal, in the middle. Also have a keeper in goal. One line of players starts with balls.

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Shooting and Finishing From Wide

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

This activity has a lot of running, passing and shooting. A keeper starts in goal, there is a player wide on each side, another player is near midfield and a target player is at the top of the 18. A few extra players are on the end line. The keeper starts with a ball.

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