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Soccer Drills and Practice Plans for Coaches

written by: Sylvie Colette • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 6/29/2011

Knowing what you need to accomplish during practice is an important first step in keeping order. Soccer drills and practice plans for coaches gives you an idea of how to run a practice so that skills can be built upon each week.

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    Soccer coaches need to decide before practice which skill they need the team to work on that day. Having an outline is a good way to rotate skill training. It is easy to get sidetracked when faced with energetic children. Consider following these tips for good soccer drills and practice plans for coaches.

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    Break Down of the Practice

    Knowing the order of the practice makes setting up practice simpler. It also helps the children know what to expect. Often just knowing that there will be a transition soon can help, especially when a particular activity isn't a players favorite.

    Start with 10-15 minutes of warm-ups. Gently passing drills work best. Start in a circle and have the players call out someone's name before passing the ball to them.

    While still in a circle, appoint a player to call out stretches. Have the entire team count outloud as they stretch. This warmup activity also gets some pent up energy out as they shout.

    Next, work on a particular skill with a focused drill. Choose from passing drills, shooting drills, dribbling, and defending. Knowing where the team is weak is a good place to start.

    A good portion of the practice should be dedicated to scrimmages. Stopping the play whenever you see a teachable moment. This helps reinforce the drills and give instructions that can be understood in the context of a game situation.

    Many coaches end the scrimmage with a run around the field. Then, finally wrap up practice with shooting drills.

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    Soccer Drills and Practice Plans

    Possible practice plans can center around the following skills: passing, shooting, dribbling and defending. The majority of the practice plan stays the same. Simply implement particular focused drills after the warm up and before the scrimmage.

    A good passing drill involves groups of three players with one ball per group. Player A passes the ball to player B or C. Once the player receives the pass, player A tries to win the ball back, challenging players B and C at every pass.

    Shooting drills can be free shot practice, or shooting on the move. Have groups of three work on shooting strategy. Three players line up at the half field line and pass the ball to each other as they travel down to the goal. At any point after all three have touched the ball, one of the three players can take a shot on the goal.

    Dribbling drills are useful to gain good ball control. Let each player quickly pass the ball between their feet from side to side. Have them do this while traveling down the field. Make it more difficult by separating into two teams and having them come at each other from opposite sides.

    Defending drills can be accomplished with one group of players trying to dribble the ball past a line of defenders. Make the line of defenders a smaller ratio for this to be most effective. Consider having 1/3 or 1/4 of the team defend, while the rest try to cross to the other side of the field.

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    References

    Footy 4 Kids: Soccer Coaching Practice Plans: http://www.footy4kids.co.uk/soccer-coaching-practice-plans.htm

    Personal experience coaching and playing soccer

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