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Soccer Drills

Attacking drills

Shooting drill

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This is a good drill to warm up for a game or scrimmage. There is a distributor on top of the penalty box and a queue of attackers. Each attacker has their own ball and the drill begins with the player in the front of the queue making a pass to the distributor (Diag. 1). Next, the distributor immediately serves the ball for a shot (Diag. 2) that the attacker must finish (Diag. 3). The shot must be taken outside of the penalty box (Diag. 4) at which point the drill repeats with the next player in the queue. Attackers must be able to the finish the shot without controlling the ball.

4v3 attack

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This is an attacking drill with at least seven players including a goalkeeper. There are four attackers on the midfield line and three defenders on the goal line. The keeper punts the ball (Diag. 1) and play begins as soon as the ball has landed (Diag. 2). At that point, the defenders enter the pitch trying to gain possession and complete 7-10 passes. Inversely, the attackers are required to score or shoot before completing 7-10 passes.

Passing and possession drills

Control and pass

This is a warmup drill performed in pairs of two. The two players are facing each other, at a distance of about 10-15 meters. The player without the ball checks to his partner who throws the ball to him with his hands. As an added limitation, the throw must be directed to a specific body part like the chest, head, thighs or feet. After controlling the ball, the first player plays it back to the server and the drill repeats. After a given amount of time, the two players switch roles.

Passing into space

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This warmup drill is practiced in groups of three where each group uses two balls. Players with a ball are positioned on each side, approximately 15-30 meters apart. In the middle is a target player. The ball is played into space for the target player (Diag. 1). He must quickly play the ball back to the server with a single touch (Diag. 2). The target player runs back to the middle (Diag. 3) and is served another ball from the opposite side (Diag. 4). The drill is repeated with the player in the middle checking from one side to the other. This goes on for a given amount of time until the players in each group switch roles.

Dribbling into space

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This is a fun warmup drill that can be performed inside the penalty box (Diag. 1) or a smaller rectangular area (Diag. 2). Each player has a ball and must dribble while remaining inside the box. After several minutes, the players are allowed to knock any ball out of the box. Players who lose their ball are instructed to leave. The drill continues until there is only one person left inside the box.

Passing triangle

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This drill requires one ball and six or more players. Setup three cones in a triangle with queues behind each cone. The player in the front of each queue passes the ball over to the next queue (Diag. 1). As soon as he initiates the pass, the passer runs to the back of the opposite queue (Diag. 2). The ball is played to the next queue (Diag. 3) and the rotation is repeated (Diag. 4). Players often tend to wait after making a pass, so encourage them to run as soon as they release the ball.

Combination passing

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This drill is performed in groups of three. Each group must advance with the ball forward using only the square pass. The attackers must be spread out with one on the left (L) one on the right (R) and one in the center (C). There are several variations of this drill. In this example, the ball is always dribbled to the middle and passed to the outside. The emphasis should be on the square pass where the ball is played wide instead of forward.

Keep away

Two teams of players try to maintain possession of the ball in a confined area. This drill is used to teach passing. Encourage the players to spread out when they have the ball. Restrictions could be added for increased difficulty. For example, prohibit the players from making return passes or limit on the number of allowed touches per player.

Defending drills

Man in the middle

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Five attackers arranged in a circle, must keep the ball away from two defenders inside the same circle. If an attacker gives up the ball or kicks it out of bounds he becomes a defender. The defender who forced him to lose possession takes his role.

3v4 counter

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This drill requires at least seven field players plus a goalkeeper. It could work with more players, especially if they are young. The drill is performed on half of a regulation pitch with two additional goals near each sideline. Play begins with the attackers in possession of the ball, trying to score on the keeper in the big goal. The defenders on the other hand are trying to regain possession and score in either one of the two smaller goals. The goalkeeper works in conjunction with the defense. If he catches the ball, he must quickly initiate a counter attack directed to one of the smaller goals.

Updated: June 7, 2016
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