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1 v 1 skills Drills

To come out on top in a 1 v 1 situation, you need to have the confidence, dribbling ability and fast reactions. The one on one drills and videos below...

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 a...

Drills

Overloading Attack

category: Conditioned-games

Football Overloading attack Conditioned games The pitch set up has a defending zone and an attacking zone, divided by a midfield channel. 2 defenders...

3 Vs 3 Football

category: Possession

Soccer 3 vs 3 Football Possession Each teams has 3 players and one goal to defend and one to attack. The ball is not allowed to stop or go over head ...

1 Vs 2 Attacking A Goal

category: Defending

Football 1 vs 2 Attacking A Goal Defending Two players line up on opposite sides of the grid to each other, with a third player placed between them i...

Attacking Soft Targets

category: Conditioned-games

Football Attacking Soft Targets Conditioned games Create 5 x 5 yard squares in corners of the grid. Play 4 v 4. The red team has possession of the ba...

1 V 1 - 3 Goal Game

category: Defending

Two players line up on opposite sides of a square.

The attacking player dribbles the ball towards the centre before then attempting to stop ...

1 Vs. 1 Channelling

category: Defending

Two teams line up side by side behind their cones. When the player with the ball sets off to run around the cone the drill is live.

The play...

1V1 Finishing

category: Shooting


Every other player in each line has a ball.
The ball is played into space so that the attacking player can take the ball in their stride.
On...

2 V 1 Overlap Switch

category: Shooting

Two attacking players against one defender.

The player who starts with the ball passes the ball square to the other player. This player runs...

4 Goal Channelling

category: Defending

6 vs 6 game with 2 Floaters (who can play for whichever team has the ball).

Set up an area the size of one half of the pitch. In each corner ...

4 V 2

category: Possession

Play 4 v 2 keep-away. Attackers are stationed in the corners of the grid. One ball per group. Repeat in another area for a total of 12 players.

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4 V 2 Rotation

category: Possession

Four players are placed in a grid with two defender. The four attacking players aim is to keep possesion as long as possible.

The player who...

8 V 8 Four Goal Game

category: Conditioned-games

Objective: To change the direction of attack by turning in a small sided game.

Detail:

  • Half pitch practice with 4 goals (as shown ...

Activation - 4V4V4 Possession Game

category: Possession

Objective: The team on the outside to retain possession (on outside only) & switch play by combining with middle attacking team. It will get pl...

Advancement Of Full Backs Defending

category: Defending

Objective: To defend against a winger or opposite full back overlapping

Detail:

  • This practice uses 7 players (2 full backs 2 wide ...

Attacking From Crosses 2 Vs 1

category: Crossing-and-Finishing

Two players begin the drill on the wings with the ball, while to players wait in the centre.

The two players on the wing will run in opposit...

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

One feeder throws the ball up for the other player to try and head, back between the feeder's legs.

The feeder needs to stand with their fee...

Attacking heading

One feeder throws the ball up for the other player to try and head, back between the feeder's legs.

The feeder needs to stand with their fee...

Attacking heading with goalkeeper

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 Soft Targets

Create 5 x 5 yard squares in corners of the grid. Play 4 v 4.
The red team has possession of the ball. The object of the game is to play the b...

Attacking the Crossed Ball

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...

Attacking, jumping header

A progression from the attacking header drill.

The jump adds extra power and purchase to the header and means the player can meet the ball i...

Breakaway

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 ...

Catch, Roll, Dive

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  • Goalkeeper steps away from cone comes through the gate receives a ball into hands
  • Returns to server th...

Corner Delivery

Once the signal has been given between a player and the corner taker, the ball is then crossed into the box. Three players should be making runs in...

Corner Passing Drill

Ratio of 1 ball to 3 players.

Players with the ball are put on the outside of the grid. The other players pair up inside the grid and choose...

Crazy 6 s

Place 5 discs with soccer balls on them on each end line.

Play 6 v 6 in the area. When the ball rolls out of bounds, it should be rolled in ...

Crossing and finishing

Set up:

3 Attacking players from each team on each side of one half, taking it in turns.

If you have 2 GKs then have a GK for each team...

Crossing and Finishing Drill

Position 5 Attacking players as shown on the diagram and a GK in the goal.

Pass 1 --> 2 --> 3 --> 4 --> 5; with 5 running round f...

Dealing with the Backpass

  • Start with one Goalkeeper, 3 defenders and 2 attackers. Set up 2 mini goals outside and wide of the penalty box.
  • Ball is played back t...

Defending the Midfield

Play 2 v 2 in the area furthest from goal and 2 v 3 in the defensive area around the goal. Make 2 small goals on the end line for the defense to pl...

Defensive Pressure

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...

Diamond formation practice

Diamond formation midfield in an 11 a side game. Reds vs blue.

Set up in the formation:

2 strikers, diamond midfield, 4 defenders and a...

Early Cross

Set out 5 x 15 yard channels in each corner of the area as shown in the diagram. Station one player in each channel. Play 2 v 2 in central area.

End Zone Party

Set out an endzone 5 yards wide from each endline. Play 4 v 4. One ball per group.

The red team is in possession of the ball. The object of t...

Finding space - Team exercise

Player 2 curves their run away from the passer before then cutting back to the ball.

Player 2 receives the ball and turns towards goal in 1 ...

Footwork Square Warm up

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  • Set up a square with cones on the outside of the square.
  • Should be about 20yds by 20yds.
  • Goalkeep...

Fun 3s

The object of the game is to score in the opposing team's goal through interplay of players on the same team. The game should be 3 v 3 with no goal...

Get through the grid to cross

4 attacking players keep switching the ball (each transfer has to go via both link players).

Only one defender is only allowed to go out and...

Goals, Goals, Goals

The players with ball stand by the middle cones.

Players in the middle begin to dribble towards the touch line, then on command of the playe...

Headers and Volleys

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 ...

Heading Game

Players are split into two teams and line up behind the red cone at their end. One blue player starts in the middle between the two middle cones. T...

Heading Variations

Working in pairs one player feeds whilst the other player is the returning player who heads the ball back to the feeder's hands.

However, th...

Hit, Miss, Run and Recover!

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....

Long Shots- Small Sided Game

  • Make a small and narrow pitch with two goals each end and a halfway line marked with cones.
  • Two goalkeepers each end and up to 3 playe...

Loop overlap and shoot

The first player plays a one-two pass with player 2, who passes back in front of player 1's looping run.

Player 1 then dribbles with the bal...

Loop Overlap And Shoot

The first player plays a one-two pass with player 2, who passes back in front of player 1's looping run.

Player 1 then dribbles with the ball...

Minesweeper

Place 5 discs with soccer balls on them on each endline. Play 6 v 6 in the area. When the ball rolls out of bounds, it should be rolled in underhan...

Movement before receiving the ball

The red player (1) stands between the cones closest to the blue player.

When red player 1 is ready to receive the ball they move towards the...

Overlap to Attack!

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...

Overloading

The pitch set up has a dending zone and an attacking zone, divided by a midfield channel.

The defending zone and attacking zone have 2 ...

Overloading

The pitch set up has a defending zone and an attacking zone, divided by a midfield channel.

The defending zone and attacking zone have ...

Overloading to push up

The pitch is split into 3 thirds with 2 defenders in the defending third, 2 midfielders in the middle third and 1 attacker in the attacking third.&...

Pass out

Starting in a 6 vs 3 (in favour of the defending side) a feeder player on the half-way line plays a high ball deep into the half.

The defe...

Passing wide to cross and finish

Set up:

Cone off an area 2 areas: Width 44 yards length 20 yards one above the other. At each side of one area have an extra square of 5 yard...

Point Blank Heading

Players 1, 3 and 5 are feeding the ball towards the 6 yard box. Players 2, 4 and 6 take turns to either head or volley towards goal.

Once pl...

Point Blank Heading

Players 1, 3 and 5 are feeding the ball towards the 6 yard box. Players 2, 4 and 6 take turns to either head or volley towards goal.

Once pl...

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.

Pressure Shooting

Two lines stand behind a cone, with the defending line standing slightly forward of the attacking line.

To start the drill the defender play...

Scoring From Crosses 1v1


Two Players are placed on the wing.
2 central Players begin their run once the crosser has taken their first touch.
After the cross has been...

Scoring From Crosses

Player 2 receives the ball from player 1.

Player 2 should control and receive the ball on the half turn, turning out towards the touchline.<...

Scoring From Crosses

Player 2 receives the ball from player 1.
Player 2 receives the ball on the half turn towards the touchline.
Player 2 travels with the ball ...

Shadowing the attacker

Players work in pairs with one ball between two cones.

The attacker must move the ball from side to side, using changes of direction, speed ...

Shoot, Recover, Finish

  • Make a pitch from the edge of one penalty box to the same the other end, full width. Set up a goal with a GK at each end.
  • A group of A...

Shooting, run and pass

Player 1 plays a through pass down the line for player 2 to run onto.

When player 2 reaches the pass and gets the ball under control they th...

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...

Six Goal Game

Set up six goals on a full-size pitch (use cones/poles for goals), a small goal at each corner of the pitch and a further two goals on each side of...

Stealth Dribble

Station 1 player on each end line and a lone defender in the middle of the area. Repeat in 3 other areas for a total of 12 players. The outer playe...

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 Bowl

Set out end zones 5 yards wide from each end line. Play 6 v 6. 1 ball per group.

One team starts in possession of the ball. The object of th...

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...

Touchdown Football

Two teams try and score by running the ball into their opponent's scoring zone and stopping the ball dead.

Rules are:

1. You can only...

Two Balls: 2 v 1 Grid Game 2

Set up a 5x5 metre grid with three players and two balls.

The defending player starts in the middle of the grid, facing the two attackers. W...

Width and Forward Runs

Place 5 cones across the middle of the area, 10 yards in from each sideline. Play 4 vs 4.

The ball is not allowed to travel through or over ...

Wonder Wingers

Set up 4 meter wide channels along each sideline.

Play 3 vs 3 in the middle area (between the channels) with a goalkeeper at both ends. Stat...

Sessions

Defending the Long Ball

Don't let route one football be the downfall of your defence! Use this plan to practice how to move and defend against the ball over the top.

Change the Point of Attack

Move the opposition's defence and practice passing into space with this switching session - working on quick and accurate passes.

Attacking with an Extra Man

Create an overload in attack by providing support to attack with an extra man. Use this session to help your forwards plus develop your defenders defe...

Shooting: Crossing and Finishing

Deliver the pas to set up a simple finish for your strikers. Scoring goals will win you the game so make sure you are providing the easiest chances to...

Making the Pass Playable

Take things back to basics and nail down the simple skills to play with fluidity. Pass, dribble and receive with a quality with this session that shar...

Using width when attacking

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

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Community Drills

Autosave 89833824

1 player from opposition square now enteres through gate of other group and acts as a defender to try and win the ballAim for 3 attacking players is t...

4v2 Rotating

4 V 2 rotating the 2 for the subs behind the goal.4 attacking 2 plus goalie.Rotate the teams to take part in both 4 and 2.Add one / two touch conditio...

Skillz Skool

2v21 point for stopping ball on opponents end line.3 points for dribbling though corner goals.5 points for beating a player then dribbling through goa...

1v1 Transition attacking/defending

1v1 Situation where player red will try to score on blue net, after taking the shot (or the blue player cuts the ball) red player defends a...

Autosave 14922226

Objective: 1v1 & 1v2 different situations from defender(s)Organization: grid 15x10 yd. 10 players (6 def. 4 att.)Progression: Att. start dribble w...