By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.
Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a passing warm-up.
Start with 4 players in a line 10 yards apart. The first player in the line has a ball.
The first first player passes the ball to the second player while all four players start Continue reading
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
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
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with the psychology of the pre game warm up.
The technical and tactical sides of goalkeeping are important. The psychological sides are just as important (and possibly even more so).
As a coach, when the teams are warming up prior to a game, I want to watch my keeper but I will also watch the other teams keepers. If I see bad technique, poor footwork or an overall lack of athleticism, I’ll make note of this and make sure the team I’m coaching is aware of this and encourage them to shoot whenever possible because it looks like the keeper position is a weakness. If the keeper looks like they have good technique, good footwork and is athletic I most likely will not mention the keeper at all. Based on this alone, I know if the keeper I’m coaching works hard in warm ups, shows proper technique, footwork and attitude, there is a good chance the opposing team will notice this as well. This means that encouraging the keeper warm up with a Continue reading