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

1 Vs. 1 Channelling

category: Defending

Soccer 1 Vs. 1 Channelling Defending Two teams line up side by side behind their cones. When the player with the ball sets off to run around the co...

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...

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 ...

Defensive Pressure

category: Defending

Soccer Defensive Pressure Defending Play 3 v 3 in the middle area with goalkeepers stationed in each of the goals. Balls are placed around the fiel...

Working Up To 11 V 11 Principles

category: Defending

Soccer Working up to 11 v 11 principles Defending Objective: Application of the individual & unit patterns/movements of defending with a 8 v 8 practi...

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...

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

category: Defending

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 defending zone and an attacking zone, divided by a midfield channel.

The defending zone and attacking zone have ...

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 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...

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

Sessions

Defending counter attacks

Make the right decisions and recognise where the main threat is when defending counter attacks. Develop your players awareness on the field to channel...

Team Defending

Develop a team mentality that works to win the ball back and swarm in groups. Understand the roles and responsibilities of team defence to shut out th...

Attackers - First line of defence

Press high and get your attackers in the mentality to being the first line of defence with the aim of winning the ball back high up the pitch.

Individual defensive awareness

Defenders shouldn’t need to make last-ditch tackles. Develop their positional and match awareness so they can dictate the play with the opposition att...

Defend Against Counter Attacking

Create an understanding of the importance of defensive structure when attacking to ensure you don’t get hit on the counter-attack.

Dealing with attacking movement

Handle the forwards movement by recognising the forwards patterns and by reading the play to anticipate where the pass and run might go to be able to ...

Defending as an Individual

Get your defenders taking responsibility for their man to dictate the play and slow attacks down. Work on players footwork and decision making and emp...

Breaking the Block

In attack, shift a deep defence and create space with clever movement and proper decision making to exploit a block of defenders.

Pressing in small groups

Press in small groups to develop your teams understanding and feel for the movement when pressing high up the field.

Answers

Community Drills

Autosave 84595346

passing and dribbling- In pairs of two pass between each other- Find space- Progression change size of the shape to make it harder - Add a defend...

Initial Pressure

15x15 with 5 yard middle zoneLook to win the ball and pressure to where your support is in the middle or force the player outside(support player...

Continuous 2v2

Have teams of two with different color bibs. One team attacks to a goal and try to score. If they score they take a new ball and try to score to the o...

4v4 Street Soccer

4v4, 2 goals at each sideIt can be 5v5 or moreAttacking: Creating SpaceAwareness(because there are 2 goals, look for which one is open to score)...

1 v 1 with two small goals

1 v 1 constantly entering Player- 1 point if you score in goal "A" and 2 points for goal "B"- The player who is shooting to the go...