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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...

Dribbling Drills

Dribbling is a big part of football, whether wingers are running with the ball or defenders are carrying it out of defence. It's important for pl...

Drills

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 V 1 Passing Grid

category: 1-v-1-skills

The Object of this drill is to retain the ball whilst moving it from end to end.

The Setup requires 6 grids and 3 groups of 4 player arranged...

1 v 1 up and down

  1. The drills starts with one player from group 1 (reds) running with a ball to the opposing goal, trying to score.

  2. As soon...

1 V 1 With Target Players

category: 1-v-1-skills

Players 1 and 3 (target players) feed the ball into the player who is facing them. This player must then try and get the ball to the target player at...

1 Vs 1 - Four cone game

Players start on cones on the opposite side of the grid.

Player 1 starts with the ball and passes it to player 2. As soon as player 2 touche...

1 vs 1 - Under Pressure

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

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 2 Attacking A Goal

Two players line up on opposite sides of the grid to each other, with a third player placed between them in goal.

Player 1 dribbles the ball...

1 Vs. 1 Channelling

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...

1-2 and cross

Set up as shown.

Player 1 starts with the ball in the middle of the field and plays a 1-2 pass with player 2 before passing out wide to play...

101 Dalmations

The players (dalmations) are being chased by the catchers (Cruella de Ville). Any player that dribbles their ball outside of the box or has their ...

1v1

The feeder starts with the ball. They play the ball with a push pass forward.

As the ball is played players 1 and 2 sprint to the ball. The ...

1v1 Finishing 2

Split the team into two groups on either side of the pitch, other than on goalkeeper and one defender.

The front player from the left side w...

1v1 Through Ball

  • One goalkeeper working two lines of attackers outside the area and about the width of the 6yd box apart.
  • One line of attacker has the ...

1v1 Wave Drill

  • Two goals and two goalkeepers working.
  • Get the attackers into groups of three at each end behind the goal.
  • The GK starts with ...

2 Goal Finishing

Set up a second goal as shown in the diagram.

Player 1 starts standing behind a mannequin, positioned outside of the penalty box left hand co...

2 Player Crossing Drill

Players on the wing run with the ball down the side of the pitch before crossing for an attacker who has ran into the area, usually at the far post...

2 V 1

Set up 2 goals 10-15m apart.

Divide in to 2 groups and line up either side of the goals.

2 from one side and 1 from the other ent...

2 v 1 overlap switch

Two attacking players against one defender.

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

2v1 Functional Play

Player 1 starts with the ball.

The ball is played in with pace to the feet of player 2.

As the ball is played in player 2 moves to th...

2v1 To A Goal

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 Player Combination with Defender

Set up as shown.

The player in the middle starts with the ball. They play a diagonal ball into space so that the player to the right can run...

3 Player Combination with Defender

Set up as shown.

The player in the middle starts with the ball. They play a diagonal ball into space so that the player to the right can run...

3 Style Shooting

Set up 3 cones (or poles) spaced as shown in the diagram.

Have a mannequin positioned on either side of the middle, just before the penalty b...

3 v 2

Set up 2 goals 10-15m apart.

Divide in to 2 groups and line up either side of the goals.

3 from one side and 2 from the other ent...

3 v 3 v 3

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...

3 vs 1 Keep ball

Straight forward passing and moving drill with only two touches on the ball.

The blue players off the ball can only receive the ball at one ...

3 vs 2 - Two channels

2 players in one channel attack 1 defender whilst another attacker and defender wait in the other channel.

The 2 attackers in the first chan...

4 Goal Channelling

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

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.

...

4 v 2 Rotation

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...

4v1 Rotation


Four players are placed in a grid with one defender.
The four players aim is to keep possession as long as possible.
The player who...

5v3 End Zone

The 5 attackers must get the ball from one end zone to the other without losing possession to the defenders.


Encourages use of width,depth ...

6 v 2 RWTB

Objective: Application of running with the ball in a small sided game format.

Detail:

  • Use a box - box area on a pitch or set up 50...

6 vs 2 Invasion Game

High Intensity drill

This a 6 vs 2 invasion game. Mark out three areas in a line (each box 15m x 25m) using cones (You can adjust the area ba...

Activation - 4v4v4 Possession Game

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

Alien Invasion

Station one player in each grid in the crab postion (belly up, on hands and feet). Six players start on one end line. Station discs at the opposite...

Alligators Alley

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

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 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 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...

Ball Shield - whole body

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

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

Barcelona Small Sided Game

The aim of the drill is to work on helping your team keep possession all over the field. The game starts with normal rules, no limitations on touch...

Barcelona Small Sided Game

The aim of the drill is to work on helping your team keep possession all over the field. The game starts with normal rules, no limitations on touch...

Break football

2 players outside the area play a ball into one of their players in the grid.

The 2 players in the grid play 2 v 4 to try and score a ...

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 ...

Bull Dog

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

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...

Clinical Finishing

Play 3 v 3 in the middle area with goalkeepers at each end. The object of the game is to score in the opposing goal. Only the attacker with the bal...

Combo Pass, Cross and Shoot

The drill starts with player 3 moving to the red cone and then coming back to receive pass from player 1.

Once player 3 has received the bal...

Communication Drill

Set up your team in a small sided game on a pitch running from the edge of the penalty area to the half-way line.

Play normal rules except fo...

Communication Drill

Set up your team in a small sided game on a pitch running from the edge of the penalty area to the half-way line.

Play normal rules except fo...

Corner Soccer

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...

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...

Crossing and Finishing

The set up in the diagram shows how to set up for a left sided drill, but can be copied onto the right side.

This drill requires qualit...

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...

Cruyff Cut Back

Plant the standing leg to the side of the ball, bring the kicking leg back and then forward, as if kicking the ball.

Using the inside of the...

Dealing with Backpass Accuracy

  • Set up 3 mini goals or small gates marked out with cones facing towards a goal.
  • Have 3 players behind each mini goal.
  • The ball...

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 1 On 1 With A Goalkeeper

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

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 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...

Defensive Unit Work

This drill encourages players to work together in a Defensive unit and is especially relevant for midfield players.

Set up 3 areas in a line:...

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...

Diamond Midfield Channelling

Red team vs Blue team.

Set up a diamond midfield formation

2 strikers, 4 midfield, 4 defenders.

Set up cones as shown on the diag...

Double instep - Beat an opponent

Work in pairs. Defender passes the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is that the player taps the ball with...

Double instep - Beat an opponent

Work in pairs. Defender passes the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is that the player taps the ball with...

Double instep - Beating the player

In this skill the player taps the ball with the instep of one foot onto the instep of the other foot for the ball to be taken wide of the defender....

Drag and Push to Beat Defender

Player A passes to player B and closes Player B down. Player B attacks Player A.

Use the lateral drag with sole and push back to deceive the...

Drag dummy step over - Stage 5

Working in pairs, the drills starts with the defender passing the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is tha...

Drag dummy step over - Stage 5

Working in pairs, the drills starts with the defender passing the ball to the player practicing the skill.

The skill in this practice is tha...

Drag the ball with sole of boot

Players practice moving the ball with the sole of their boot while hopping on the opposite foot.

This improves their control of the ball and...

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 ...

Four Goal Game with spare player

Two teams of seven players play on half a pitch with no keepers.

Each team must have a wide player on each wing.

A spare player should ...

Functional Team Space

Players 1 and 2 pass the ball back and forth.
Player 4 tries to create space so that player 3 can receive the ball on the inside and have a free r...

Functional Team Space

Player 2 curves his/her run away from the passer and then back to the ball.

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

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 3

Three players line up facing each other. Player 1 plays the ball into player two's feet. They meet the ball and turn before playing a wall pass wit...

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...

Island Dribble

All players have a ball and stand on a island.

The only player without a ball in the defender.

The defender can only tag the attacker...

Jailbreak

One team runs clockwise round the inside of the circle with the other team running anti-clockwise around the outside of the circle (blue cones).

Kabadi: 4v1

Four players are placed in a grid next to another four players.

As soon as the ball is given to one group of four a player from the opposite...

Keep On Running

Stand next to the middle cone. Sprint forwards 10 metres to the first cone, turning sharply as you reach it, before sprinting 20 metres to the far ...

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...

Minefield Passing

In both the wide channels put one defender and two attackers.

Both attackers in the same rectangle must touch the ball before trying to pass...

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...

Mirrors

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 Defender Laterally and Pass

Move the defender laterally to create space in which to make the pass behind the defender.

Attacker should make the pass through the goals a...

Move Defender Laterally and Pass

Move the defender laterally to create space in which to make the pass behind the defender.

Attacker should make the pass through the goals a...

Move your defender laterally

The attacker dribbles the ball in a confined space from left to right in order to try and move the defender.

The aim here is not to get past...

Move your defender laterally

The attacker dribbles the ball in a confined space from left to right in order to try and move the defender.

The aim here is not to get past...

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...

Movement before the pass - 1 vs 1

Red player 1 stands on the red cone closest to the blue player.

When red 1 is ready they should run and tag red player 2. Red player 2 can t...

One v One Racing Cars

Two players with one ball per pair.

Player 1 and player 2 juggle to decide who starts with the ball. If player 1 wins, he/she begins with th...

One v One Tag

Two players with a ball each stand in a 10x10 square.

Player 1 has 1 minute to tag player 2 as many times as possible on the shoulder. You m...

One v One Tag

Two players with a ball each stand in a 10x10 square.

Player 1 has 1 minute to tag player 2 as many times as possible on the shoulder. You m...

Only Square Passes

Set up a minimum of 4 pairs of cones in a straight line and get players into pairs, with a player from each pair stood behind the starting cones.

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 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 and pressure

Set out grids of about 5m by 5m depending on the ability of your group (the bigger the distance between the players the easier the practice)

Passing and Finishing

Position 5 Attackers as shown in the diagram, with Player 4 being marked by a Defender.

Pass 1 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 5, with 5 running ro...

Passing through area

This is nice variation on your regualr circle passing warm up - and gets large groups of players working at the same time (no waiting in queues).

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 ...

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...

Piggy in the Middle

2 players are placed on the outside of the grid and 2 players on the inside. The players on the inside of the grid are the defenders but are not al...

Play ball wide

Player 1 playes the ball to player 2 to draw the defender player 2 passes the ball back to player 1 when the defender comes close to player 1 player 1...

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...

Playing Out Under Pressure

*AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON*

  • Central server or coach plays ball out to wide position (wing)
  • Player on the wing who receives it then 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...

Ring the Doorbell

Both players face each other on either side of a line drawn between 2 cones (10 metres apart). Both players must stay on their own side of the imag...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Under Pressure

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...

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 - 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 ...

Simple 2v1 Possession

2 players try and keep possession of the ball against 1 defender who has to put pressure on the player with the ball. Players passing should try and ...

Smash and Grab

Put a goalkeeper in each goal and play 1 v 1 in the middle. Play pair vs. pair for 3 minutes, then change.

The object of the game is to scor...

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...

Step Over

This drill uses 3/4 cones to simulate a defender.

The attacker dribbles with the ball then steps over the ball, taking the ball either side ...

Step over drag turn - Stage 4

In pairs pass the ball to the player who receives the ball with his first touch to play the ball away from a imaginary defender (towards 12 o'clock)

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...

Switching the play

Players work in groups of 4 (see progression).

Player 1 starts with the ball then passes out wide. Player 2 receives the ball dribbles forwar...

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...

Team Crossing and Finishing Drill 2

The crossing player starts with the ball on the half-way line before coming forward and playing one-two's with the players in the cones, while cont...

Team Crossing and Finishing Drill

Player 2 sets up player 1 to hit a diagonal ball to player 3, before this player lays the ball back to player 4 who moves onto ball at match pace a...

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...

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...

Through Pass

4 players have to try and play the ball from one side of the area to the other by passing it between or around the 2 players in the middle area. 5...

Tony Chestnut's Big Game

Play 6 v 6. Station goals angled into the area in the corners of the grid. 1 ball per practice.

The object of the game is to try to pass the...

Transfer skills

2 Players transfer the ball from right to left at the same time.

It is important for players to receive the ball from the player on their ri...

Transition Game

Station four players in each grid, with one ball per practice.

The white team start with possession of the ball.

Player 1 on the whit...

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 ...

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...

Where is Waldo

Create a halfway line in the area using discs. Store soccer balls behind each goal. Play 4 v 1 in each half with a goalkeeper.

The goalkeepe...

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 ...

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...

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...

Zig-Zag

Set up cones in a zig-zag formation. Groups of 6 are stationed on the endline. 1 ball per group.

The dribblers move up, then back down the c...

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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.

Fitness Soccer

Every position demands different attributes and levels of physicality, so why don?t you train your players differently to match!? Use this session to ...

Clever Movement

To coach and encourage players to use specific clever movements in all areas of the pitch in order to create space for themselves and others.

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...

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Community Drills

Autosave 9937956

This is a more improved passing drill, this is where you get in a circle with a ball and a defender in the middle

skilled drill

each line of players take it in turn to pass it to there player that is slightly out of the drill to the side, and get ready to run on to the ball tha...

Autosave 25665726

Organisation 2 goalkeepers 4 defenders 4 AttackersServer plays diagonal ball to attacker Condition 6 Seconds to score Must take ball round the goalkep...

1v1 Channels

1v1 ChannelsTake a big touch to set you of and sprint as quick as you can because your sprinting away from the defender

Reação à perda

1:Jogador sai com a bola controlada e reamta à baliza2:Após o remate sai outro colega da outra coluna em direção à baliza e o 1 terá que ir defender

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...

Give & Go Down the line w/ Cross

Red passes to BlueBlue dribbles down the line and crosses it across the six yrd boxRed for a shot (after they have gone through cones)Make sure Red go...

Autosave 91293174

Player on the wing passes into the player stood in the triangle, player in the triangle works his way around the cones. Player can pass it back out wi...

Autosave 11842229

split into teams 1 keeper 2 defenders 2 midfielders 1 attackerstart from keeper pass it to defender then start