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 passing to one of the inside players.

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That player must one touch the ball to the other inside player.

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Upon making this pass, the passer must sprint 5 yards.

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The receiving player must one touch the ball to the other outside player and then he sprints 5 yards.

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The outside player must one touch the ball to an inside player and the combination continues.

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While this is going on the second group is doing the exact same thing which going side to side.

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This is an easy combination but when you add the second group it complicates matters tremendously. Now, the players must keep their head up, watch what is going on around them, and react accordingly.

Do this for 2 minutes and then have the inside and outside players switch roles.

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 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

Changing Direction With the First Touch

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a warm up activity working on changing direction with the first touch.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid (the size isn’t all that important and can be changed depending upon number of players.   Half the group is in there with balls and the other half are without (in the diagram below the yellow players have balls and the black don’t)


The yellow players dribble around and then will make a pass to a Continue reading

A Group Warm-Up For Goalkeepers

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today we will show a simple group warm up activity for keepers

A keeper starts in a small goal (6 yards wide).  A player starts 15 yards out with a ball and other players start on an angle in each direction (also about 15 yards out)

The keeper with the ball starts by “shooting” toward the goal (the objective isn’t to score but rather to Continue reading