Drill Categories

Defending Drills

As much as attacking and scoring goals is vital if your team cannot defend, it's game over. Improve your defenders' jockeying, positioning and tactica...

Goalkeeping Drills

Being the goalkeeper is arguably the most important position on the football pitch, being the last line of defence. Your keeper will improve their han...

Shooting Drills

Who doesn't love shooting in football? To develop your forwards' shooting shot and follow through check out the videos below. These coaching games and...

Drills

Change Football

category: Conditioned-games

Position 3 players who link arms or hold hands on the goal line. Play 3 v 3 until coach shouts, "Change!" then the chain breaks and ...

Total Football

category: Conditioned-games

Play a game of 3 v 3. Each team elects a goalkeeper that is allowed to use their hands in the defensive area as well as go forward as an outfield play...

Shooting Under Pressure

category: Shooting

Groups of six. Position players as shown in the diagram. One server and one attacker on each side of the goal with a single defender to the side of th...

Crossfire

category: Conditioned-games

Position 4 players from each team randomly within the area. Place a goalkeeper in each of the goals.The white team can score can score in the goals to...

Over Under And In Between

category: Conditioned-games

Position players as shown in the diagram, with one ball between each team. Player 1 passes the ball overhead to player 2, who passes the ball through...

1 Touch Shooting

category: Shooting

Position players in groups of 4 as shown in the diagram. Repeat in 2 other areas for a total of 12 players.

The server (player 3) stands behi...

1 Vs 1 - Under Pressure

category: 1-v-1-skills

The red player attacks the blue player in the area between the blue cones.

The blue player cannot tackle but can only put red player under p...

1 Vs 1 - Under Pressure

category: Dribbling

The red player attacks the blue player in the area between the blue cones.

The blue player cannot tackle but can only put red player under p...

180 Degree Turn On Spot

category: Co-ordination

Dribble the ball 3 metres and turn 180 degrees. Attack the space left behind.

2 Steps Forward, One Step Back

category: Agility

Player takes 2 footed calf springs along the ladder.

He jumps forward two rungs, and then back one, all the way to the end

2V1 To A Goal

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with two attackers and one defender, with the defender positioned closest to the goal.

Attackers must look to pass the ball ...

3 V 3 V 3

category: Conditioned-games

Station 6 players in 2 teams of 3 in 1/3 of the area and 3 players in 1 team in the other 1/3.

The ball starts in the area at the top of the...

Alligators Alley

category: 1-v-1-skills

Divide the group into teams of 4. One player in goal, two defenders and one attacker. The defenders (Alligators) adopt a crab position (belly up, h...

Alligators Alley

category: Defending

Divide the group into teams of 4. One player in goal, two defenders and one attacker. The defenders (Alligators) adopt a crab position (belly up, h...

Attacking Header

category: Heading

Both players start on their knees with one player feeding an accurate throw for the other player to attack.

It is best to begin practising t...

Attacking Heading With Goalkeeper

category: Heading

Group in pairs. 1 ball per pair. Repeat in 5 other areas for a total of 12 players.

The goalkeeper serves the ball underhand and with both h...

Attacking The Crossed Ball

category: Crossing-and-Finishing

Organize groups of 6. Station goalkeepers in a goal at each end line. Place 2 players inside the area and 2 wide players outside the area. Goalkeep...

Beat The Runner

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Group in pairs. One ball between the pair. Repeat in 5 other areas for a total of 12 players.

Player 2 passes the ball across the area to pla...

Bedknobs And Broomsticks

category: 1-v-1-skills

Position players in 2 lines on each side of the area as shown in the diagram. Number each player from 1-6.

This game is a throw back to the ...

Breakaway

category: Conditioned-games

Set out three grids within the area according to the dimensions shown in the above diagram. Play 3 v 3 in the 30 x 40 yard grid.

The team in ...

Breakaway

category: Dribbling

The blue player stands behind their partner(red). The blue player is in possession of the ball.

The objective of the game is for the red pla...

Cone Collectors

category: Conditioned-games

Get your players to stand an equal distance around the cones in the middle. There should be one less cone than there are players - so in this insta...

Cone Raiders

category: Conditioned-games

5 vs 5 game where the object is to steal as many cones from the opposition as possible.

Every goal your team scores is worth one of your oppo...

Corner Football

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Teams are made up of 3 players.

Each team will look to attack the opposition goal in the opposite corner of the pitch. This will involve goo...

Defending 1 On 1 With A Goalkeeper

category: Defending

Goalkeeper passes to player 2, who must attempt to dribble the ball past player 1 and score a goal. Player 1 assumes a sideways position and blocks...

Defending 2 On 1

category: Defending

Player 1 has a ball; the other three balls are placed on discs on the end line.

Player 1 passes the ball to player 3, who must advance the b...

Defensive Pressure

category: Defending

Play 3 v 3 in the middle area with goalkeepers stationed in each of the goals. Balls are placed around the field so that as soon as a ball goes out...

Dive And Recover

category: Goalkeeping

Starting on the middle cone the keeper moves out to their right to catch the first feed.

After getting back to their feet and rolling the ba...

Double Step Over And Push Away - Stage 3

category: Technique-video

The player step out, then step over the ball. Then steps over the ball again, to then take the ball with the outside of the foot to beat the oppone...

Dribble Dash - First Past The Post

category: 1-v-1-skills

Position 2 teams of 6 players in opposite corners of the same end line and number players on each team from 1 to 6.

Place a gate (2 cones, ...

Exterior Interior Quick Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 players outside the small diamond area. 1 ball between the two.

The area should be a 4x4 diamond, however the shape an...

Fa Cup Final

category: Shooting

Position 2 teams of 6 players in opposite corners of the grid and number them from 1 to 6. When the coach calls out a players number that player in...

Fast - Get Back On Your Line!

category: Goalkeeping

Players sprint around discs to get into position. One is a goalkeeper and one is an outfield player who is to shoot.

Red player rolls a ...

First Touch And Rebound Shot

category: Shooting

Player 1 jogs backwards to the far cone and then sprints out to the first cone, ready to receive the pass from player 1.

Player 2 must take ...

Goals, Goals, Goals!

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up three lines of three across the pitch.

The players on the half way line start with the ball and pass up to player 2's feet. Player 2 ...

Headers And Volleys

category: Shooting

The first attacking player runs into the box, towards the penalty spot.

As the attacker makes their run the feeder throws the ball in for a ...

Hit, Miss, Run And Recover!

category: Conditioned-games

Play a normal rules game across an area slightly narrower than half the pitch. On both sides of the pitch set out three cones at regular intervals....

Hopping

category: Agility

One leg hop in each rung

Hopscotch

category: Agility

Start with both feet inside one of the rungs and jump both feet outside the ladder (so the ladder is between both feet) then jump with both feet insid...

Instep To Instep, Then Lateral Drag

category: Dribbling

Amalgamation of the previous 2 practices. On the spot move the ball from instep to instep. On coach's command, drag ball laterally using the sole of...

Interior Exterior Quick Passing

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 players outside the small diamond area.

1 ball between the two.

The area should be a 4x4 diamond, however the sh...

Kabadi

category: Conditioned-games

2 teams. Each team has their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one player across to...

Kabadi

category: Passing-and-Receiving

2 teams. Each team has their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one player across to...

Mirrors

category: Dribbling

Group in pairs. One ball per pair. Position one player on each side of an imaginary line made by the discs. Repeat in 5 other areas for a total of ...

Move Ball With Sole

category: 1-v-1-skills

Player uses the sole of the boot to drag the ball laterally. Repeat twice and then use the instep to move the ball back to the starting position.

Move To The Ball

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Player 1 passes the ball to one of the cones for player 2 to receive the ball and pass it back after this player 1 passes the ball to the opposite ...

Movement To Receive 2

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 players and 1 ball between the two.

The area should be a 4x4 square, however the shape and size can be modified depend...

Overlap To Attack!

category: Conditioned-games

Play across half a pitch. Each team must have 3 defenders and two centre forwards.

Players must follow their own passes forward, with the int...

Pairs Scoring Challenge

category: Shooting

Red 1 feeds ball out to the white team who return them first time into the area.

The blue team compete in pairs or as individuals, to score....

Pass And Follow To Shoot

category: Shooting

Pass and follow drill with players focusing on hitting the target and practising shooting from both sides.

Going alternately players pass up ...

Pass And Move

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up a 3 vs. 3 game in a quarter of the pitch.

Each team elects a goalkeeper. This player is allowed to use their hands in the defensive e...

Pass And Pressure

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Player 1 starts with the ball and passes the ball to player 2. player 1 runs after the ball to try and win the ball off player 2 (not allowed to in...

Pass And Release Relay

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Player 1 passes to player 2, meanwhile player 3 reacts to this pass and moves so that they're ready to receive from player 2, with their body open ...

Pass In 3S - Movement Of End Man

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

Pass Wide, Cross And Attacking Header

category: Crossing-and-Finishing

Players line up in 3 queues, with the ball starting with player 1.

Player 1 makes a 1-2 pass with player 2 before passing the ball down the ...

Pass Wide, Cross And Attacking Header

category: Heading

Players line up in 3 queues, with the ball starting with player 1.

Player 1 makes a 1-2 pass with player 2 before passing the ball down the ...

Pass, Receive And Run Relay

category: Passing-and-Receiving

A three way pass and receive drill.

The first player passes straight to the red player and then runs out wide ready to receive the red playe...

Passes In 3S - 1 Touch Play

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

Passes In 3S - Middle Man Move

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Set up as shown with 2 cones (the disatance of which between can be modified depending on ability or challenge you want to set your players).

Playing From The Back

category: Defending

Play 5 v 5 +1 goalkeeper at each end. Only defending players and goalkeepers are allowed in the end zones. The game is started by the coach playing...

Power Shot 1

Set out three grids within the area according to the dimensions shown in the above diagram. Play 3 v 1 in each large area, plus a goalkeeper.

Rats and Rabbits

Set out two lines of six discs approximately 5 yards apart. Station 1 player by each disc. One ball per player. One team is the "Rats" and the othe...

Read the late pass shooting

Players pass to the feeder player who has their back to goal and immediately follow their pass. The feeder controls the ball and waits for the atta...

Roll Passes

Set up as shown with 2 players with 1 ball working around a small diamond.

The two players pass to each other using the soles of their feet.<...

Run and Turn

Play 3 v 3. Each team elects a goalkeeper. This player is allowed to use his hands in the defensive end zone. He must also go forward as an outfiel...

Run out to the player - 1v1

Set up a line of defenders on both sides of your 18 yard box and two lines of attackers roughly in line with the edge of the center circle.

O...

Run the Ball

One ball per group of 4.

Player 1 dribbles the ball to the second line, stopping the ball on the second line with the sole of their foot.

Safe House 2

The 4 players inside the blue square must protect the square and stop the ball carriers entering.

To begin with the players inside the squar...

Safe House 2

The 4 players inside the blue square must protect the square and stop the ball carriers entering.

To begin with the players inside the squar...

Safe House

The 2 players in the square must protect the square and stop the ball carriers to entering the square and turning out of the square. One point is s...

Score a try!

This fun passing and moving game can be explained in two words - Football Rugby.

In order to score a point players must stop the ball in the ...

Shadow defending

Players are working in pairs.

Player 1 dribbles forward and player 2 shadows them, not trying to win the ball but trying to put pressure on ...

Shake and Bake

Set up as shown with a goal at each end. Play 3 v 3.

Each team elects a goal keeper. This player is allowed to use his hands when saving a s...

Shoot & Rebound

Groups of six. Four balls per group. Position players as shown in the diagram. Repeat in another area for a total of 12 players.

Red player ...

Short Corner - Running with the Ball

A player at back end of 18-yard area gives initial signal for type of corner to be taken (one hand or two hands up for example). The corner taker t...

Short Corner - Shot

Again, a player at back end of 18-yard area gives initial signal for type of corner to be taken (one hand or two hands up for example), which is th...

Short Play

Station a target player inside the semi-circle at each end of the area. No outfield player is allowed in this area. Position 4 players on the outsi...

Single step over and drag

The player steps out with one foot the the side of the ball. Their other leg then moves around the ball.

The ball is then moved with with th...

Football Cricket

Make two teams of 6. The coach is the pitcher. He stands in a 5 x 5 yard area 10 yards from the wickets (5 cones in a row). Position one cone 10 ya...

Speed Sidesteps

A great drill for working with several keepers. The first player side-steps along the first line of the L-shaped cones with their head up.

W...

Square Passing - One or Two touch

Simple passing drill - players pass the ball in an anti-clockwise direction and should try to play either a one touch or second touch pass.

Strikers Space

Play 3 v 2 in the larger area and play 1 v 1 with a goalkeeper in the smaller(attacking) area.

Red player 1 starts with the ball. The 3 red ...

Super Teams

Group in threes. 1 ball per group. Station players as shown in the diagram. Position crab players in the three middle grids.

Standing players...

Table Fusball

Position players in pairs and singles in the zones as shown in the diagram. Players must stay in their respective areas. Goalkeepers can throw or k...

The Diagonal Pass

Players work in pairs, with 1 ball per pair.

The second pair start after 8 seconds after the first pair have started.

When finished p...

Three Goal Game

Set up two teams, with 5 on field (3-2 formation) playing against the 4 on field defenders (3-1 formation).

The attacking team start with the...

Triangles

Position 2 players in opposite corners of the area. Repeat in 2 other areas for a total of 12 players.

Player 1 dribbles to the cone, does a ...

Two 3 vs 1s - Final game

A Competitive game between 3-4 teams.

Each team takes it in turns to run out to the box and tries to pass the ball 5 times around the box ...

Web Videos

Answers

Sessions

Using width when attacking

Stretch your opposition and drag defenders out of position with this wide attacking session, complete with two great conditioned games!

Playing the ball out from the back

Don't hoof the ball and play route one football. Teach your defenders to dribble, pass and look forward for options to start the new attack.

Community Drills

Pass & Move

Set up with 6-8 players (3/4 per triangle)Player 1 starts with a ball. They play a 1-2 with player 2.Player 2 has to move to the empty cone and receiv...

Crocodile Attack

Ball control with imagination. Dribble the ball into the scoring zones and turn around and dribble back. Do this as many times as possible in 60 secon...

Drill 2: Game Situation (10 mins)

Player rotates clockwise after each turn. Coaching Point:Diagonal pass towards runnerPass to spaceCorrect passing techniqueOpen body position

Passing

Set up in groups of 3The ball starts with a coch who plays a pass int player APlayer A must make a movement from the cone and receive the passA then p...

Pass and move with shot

Set up six square grid moving towards goal th width of the 18 yard box. Play pass and move as directed moving up a grid each time. Number of balls a...

Defending as a team

Warm upall players have a bib tucked into their shorts, their aim is to take as many players bibs and to protect theirs. once a player has lost their ...

Diagonal passing

Players pass the ball diagonally to each other between the cones.Pairs get to the end then run back to the start x 3Progression use right foot an...

5 Ball Shooting

1 Striker in the centreThe remaining players on the outside with a ballThe players on the outside are numberedThe coach calls a number and the player ...

Corner Kicks - Long

Split into two groups, attackers, defenderstwo rounds without balls to get positioning - put kids in following: kicker, near post, middle/far post and...