Drill Categories

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

Retreating Defence

category: Defending

Soccer Retreating Defence Defending Objective: Opposed practice developing recovery runs and increase understanding on roles and responsibilities.

Shadow Defending

category: 1-v-1-skills

Soccer Shadow defending 1 v 1 skills Players are working in pairs. Player 1 dribbles forward and player 2 shadows them, not trying to win the ball bu...

Advancement Of Full Backs Defending

category: Defending

Soccer Advancement of full backs defending Defending Objective: To defend against a winger or opposite full back overlapping Detail: This practice us...

Run Out To The Player - 1V1

category: Defending

Soccer Run out to the player - 1v1 Defending Set up a line of defenders on both sides of your 18 yard box and two lines of attackers roughly in lin...

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...

4 V 2

category: Conditioned-games

A 4 v 2 drill depending on which team has possession.

A square box is set up using cones. 2 blue and 2 white players are outside this box.

4 V 2

category: Possession

A 4 v 2 drill depending on which team has possession.

A square box is set up using cones. 2 blue and 2 white players are outside this box.

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 ...

Bull Dog

category: Conditioned-games

All players must try to dribble past the defender to the safety of the other side on the coach's call.

If the defending player manages to ki...

Bull Dog

category: Dribbling

Five players start on one end line, each with a ball. One defender is stationed in the middle without a ball.

All players must try to dribbl...

Change Soccer

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 an...

Changing 4 V 2

category: Possession

3 teams of 2, with 2 teams combining to play against the 3rd team.

If the 3rd team get the ball, the team that lost the ball becomes the de...

Dealing With The Backpass

category: Goalkeeping

  • 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 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...

Defending Stance

category: Defending

Set up with 2 cones as shown with 2 players at each end and 1 ball.

Player with the ball passes the ball across and then quickly closes thei...

Defending The Midfield

category: Defending

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

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...

Directional Transfer

category: Passing-and-Receiving

Objective: Develop different methods to transfer the ball to specific areas of the pitch.

Detail:

  • Mark out a 40 x 40/50 x 50 (age ...

Fish Tank

category: Conditioned-games

Set up a 10 x 10 area fish tank (any shape you see fit - diamond, square, circle, etc) and set up small goals on the outside.

Have 4 players ...

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....

Individual 1 v 1

Objective: To be able to defend in 1 v 1 situations & learn how to slow down attackers and win the ball back.

Detail:

  • Set up 2...

Lateral defending with cover

Red defends blue. The blue player must try and beat the red defenders and reach one of the blue cones, with the ball still under control.

Re...

Number Shooting - 1v1

Number 2 groups of players from 1-5 and get them to stand on either side of the goal.

  1. Call a number. The two players (one from each si...

Overloading attack

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

2 defenders in the defending zone, 1 midfielder...

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 through the channel

Set up a playing area, divided into three equal sized playing areas. Players cannot enter another zone.

To begin with play 6 attackers (3 in ...

Playing From The Back

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Short Corner - Back Post

With the signal given by a player and then the corner taker, the ball is delivered to the signal-giver at the front post. This player then plays a ...

Through Ball in the Triangle

Set up a rectangle, 15x10m, with a player on each corner plus two defending players inside the grid with bibs on.

The outside players must t...

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...

Two balls: 2v1 grid game

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...

Use the width to get up the pitch

Red 1 passes the ball to one of the teams to start the game.

There should be 3 players in both wings and 8 players in the centre of the pitc...

Wolf Pack

The players each have a ball. On the coaches command the defending team comes in to the area and tries to kick all of the balls out. If a player ge...

Wolf Pack

The players each have a ball. On the coaches command the defending team comes in to the area and tries to kick all of the balls out. If a player ge...

World Cup Headers

Groups of 4 players are paired and stationed on the sides of the area as shown in the diagram. Each team takes on the identity of a World Cup Team....

Web Videos

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Sessions

Defending for U9s and Below

Teach young players the basics of defending - using games to teach correct body position and pressing the ball to make sure they have fun as they lear...

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.

Transition Play

To develop and enhance players knowledge and understanding of transition play from attack - defence, and defence - attack.

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...

Channelling the opposition

Develop your defenders understanding of how to channel the attackers away from danger areas to slow down attacks and isolate the opposition players.

Creating Space in the Midfield

Develop your players understanding of space and how their movement (or even lack of at times) can create space to play in the midfield.

Working as a Defensive Unit

Drum in the defensive roles and responsibilities of your players and make sure they understand what you want from them in order to win the ball back a...

Answers

Community Drills

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...

Delivery into box Defending

Start with 2 defenders, numbers depending, 3 groups or 4. Ball played in to a bounce pass and played out wide. The bouncer is one of the defenders. De...

Numbers

each player on each team have a numberkeeper calls out a numberthat number person runs past the cone until the bottokm cones go through them collect t...

1v1 Faint (Skill Practice)

players go 1v1 against one another1. players don't move but can tag the player as they go by2. players defending can passively pressure the players3. ...

1v1 (swop!)

Blue player starts as a defenderRed player attacks and plays 1v1 against the blue defenderAs soon as the ball is 'dead' the red player becomes the def...

Dribbling / Defending

Drill that starts with basic dribbling and running with ball to each corner. Then progresses trying to beat the opposite player and get between ...