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how to teach a team to play out the ball from a goal kick

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i have a test to coach a group of 8 yr olds on pressure?

i have a test to coach a group of 8 yr olds on pressure defending, does anyone have any good drills and advice on how best to conduct this test? i am new to coaching

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hello ive got a under 10s team im trying to make them?

hello ive got a under 10s team im trying to make them pass and move and get the player who has the ball support we are playing seven a side at the moment i play 3-2-1

gavin prince Coach, England

How to maintain our midfield formation?

iam coaching under 16s boys soccer and we keep losing our shape paticulary in mid field and this is where i want to control the game from but there always seem to be no one marking up when there is a quick change of possion

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Hi,Last season we came 3rd in the league and only?

Hi, Last season we came 3rd in the league and only lost 3 games and that was to the 2 teams above us. We are now U10s and we have played 3 games this season already and lost all 3. The teams we were beaten by, we beat convincingly last season. We have not changed our team we still have all the same players. We have been beaten with a nightmare score line of 9-0, 6-0 and 7-1. It would seem that the teams we are playing now are passing the ball around a lot more better than us. Any one know what i can do to improve possession and passing in our matches? Thanks

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My team can't seem to get the ball and pass?

Every time my get the ball they will always kick it long and give straight to the time where as they need to gert it and pass. Can any one help?

Matthew Perkins Coach, England

Attacking the ball for U10s

I am a coach of a U10 girl’s team, who for the majority haven't previously played.   I'm finding that they are now shying away from the ball and moving backwards instead of closing the gap, tackling or putting the attacking team under pressure when they have the ball. Does anyone have any tips or drills that I can use to help them overcome this?

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Working forwards and defenders at the same time?

We have a group of 10 year olds (10 of them) and wanted to make our scrimmage more effective by working forwards and defenders at the same time.My thought was to have 2 teams%3A team 1/forwards%3A score on goal and team 2/defenders that get a point for regaining the ball.Any better ideas?

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Players that will not pass

I have 3 players at under 14 level, that seem to think running with the ball and not passing is the best way forward, could anybody suggest how I might get round this.

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What drills can I use for more ball possession?

What drills do you recommend I use to improve my team's ability to keep possession for longer?

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Simple possession drills

I am currently coaching a disability team and I'm looking for new and inventive possession drills that the kids will enjoy and not get bored of quickly, any help on this would be fantastic!

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How to train with intensity?

I coach a school girls 1st football team. In terms of having training intensity as we head into championship round, is there any drills or advice you can give me for ideas? I tell them to train during a drill like it's a game but think they need some other form to replicate an intense environment.

benjamin frean Coach, New Zealand

How to improve possession to dictate the speed of the game?

Best way to improve junior team in possession of the ball? To dictate the speed of the game

Joe SKidmore Coach, England

How to stop playing panic soccer

Newer program, my kids for the majority play panic soccer, and just send the ball downfield. Any advice how to get them into a mindset of building the ball out and maintaining possession?

chris mckinney Coach, United States of America

Drills for holding up a ball to allow attacking phase to progress

does anyone have any drills for players holding up possession to either bring other players into the game or run the clock down?

Cooper Cooper Coach, England

Offsides 9v9

My team have conceded 18 goals in 3 games and they have all been the same kind of goals. We always try and get the back 3 upto the halfway line when attacking which mean naturally my midfielders are further up the pitch. Here lies the problem, when we lose possession we are simply not quick enough at getting back, a long ball over the top or some quick play we seem to be overloaded and concede quickly, iv tried getting my goalkeeper starting position improved to cut out the long ball but he's not confident doing that. Should I abandon the need to get to the halfway line as quick as possible and maybe drop 15 yards leaving less space behind. In possession we are a good team but out of possession we have become easy to score against. I as a coach need to be more vocal during games and possibly do a bit more in-game coaching as iv always believed it's best to give instruction and challenges before games and at half time. Any advice would be appreciated

Rob Little Coach, England

How to improve possession to d...

Best way to improve junior team in possession of the ball? To dictate the speed of the game

Joe SKidmore Coach, England

How can my players stop being ...

I have been trying to get my players to play a quick passing and movement game, but I am finding that a few players don't want to release the ball quick enough and then get caught on it.What drills would people advise I could use in training to get them playing this way?

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