1v1 in the Final Third Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2752 downloads

In this activiity, we replicate 1v1s - the task is for the defender to try to recover quickly against an onrushing attacker.  After the initial drill, move on to a 1v1 game at the end - it's great fun and a fantastic way to develop skills further.  

3v2 Continuous Attack Popular

In Attacking Principles 2107 downloads

In this small-sided game, a target man is used to help defenders launch a counter-attack and benefit from a 3v2 overload situation.  This activity is used to help players become quick and learn the ability to switch between attacking and defending principles.  It also helps improve player positioning and movement.

Adnan Januzaj Popular

In Attacking Principles 2234 downloads

This session is all abou combining in tight spaces in the penalty area and creating room for a shot.  Adnan Januzaj has got people talking about his fabulous work in the box, both scoring and creating goals, so that's what's replicated in thi session.

Cover Your Back Popular

In Defensive Principles 2119 downloads

Use this training session to get your players used to dealing with the threat posed by aerial balls pumped into the box.  It also encourages them to defend as a unit.  In every match there will be moments when the team is under a lot of aerial pressure.  Defenders must be organized and put up a united front.  Successful teams are often the most organized defensively.

Dealing with Angles Popular

In Goal Keeping 2296 downloads

Teach your goalkeeper how to turn dangerous angled shots away to safety by using this competitive end-to-end training game.  One of the hardest shots to save are those from angles that the goalkeeper has to turn away from lurking strikers while making sue th ball goes out of play.  It is a great test of a keeper's positioning and their ability to get down to low shots.

Dynamic Movements Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2738 downloads

This activity introduces players to a wide variety of individual ball mastery and skill moves.  It encourages players to work with a pace and rhythm.  Versatility in movement is important so look for each player to be on his toes.

Fast Flags Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2882 downloads

This is a great warm-up as it gets players working at a high tempo in preparation for training or match day.  Close control and good dribbling skills are essentil for players to be able to complete the task quickly and efficiently.  It's also ideal for teaching players ho to position well - both in terms of where the flags are and where their opponents are.

Find the Gap Popular

In Passing and Receiving 2814 downloads

When a gap opens up on the other side of the opposition defense, how quickly can your team switch play to create a scoring chance?  Use this session to teach players how to do it.  This session helps players learn how to open up the opposition when they are out of balance by moving the ball quickly to attack down their weakest side.

Fox and Hound Popular

In Defensive Principles 2122 downloads

In this small-sided game, the defender must be light on their toes in order to react quickly to the attacker's movement.  This game is all about reactions, so players must be on their toes and ready to respond quickly to the situation.

Full Team Pressure Popular

In Defensive Principles 2168 downloads

This is a small-sided game that requires players to be switched on and concentrating.  Players must also stay on their feet, pressure opponents quickly, and force them to pass backwards or sideways.  The whole defensive group must slide across together when the ball is down one side of the pitch, or push up if the ball is played backwards.

Funny Turns Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2783 downloads

The main objective of this activity is to get players to turn with the ball under close control.  Additionally it encourages the players to use their creative when coming up with any way they can of turning with the ball, however unorthodox.

Goalie Wars Popular

In Goal Keeping 2232 downloads

This handy training game not only teaches goalkeepers how to come for the ball, but it helps them learn when to distribute the ball quickly to start a counterattack.  When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack.  This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots.

King of the Ring Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2707 downloads

This activityhelps players with their close control, turning, tackling, defending and decision making.  

Long Pass, Short Pass Popular

In Passing and Receiving 2667 downloads

Many of you will be taking on new teams of the coming weeks and months.  When I first meet a group of new players, I like to be able to assess them by using a few exercises that test skill levels, whilst ensuring it's still a session that the kids enjoy.  And central to this is putting on a practice that players will not find too hard nor to easy.  To do this, exercises that can be adapted quickly so as to be able to alter difficulty are essential.  This particular activity can be used to test the passing ranges of individual players.

Midfield in Motion Popular

In Attacking Principles 2085 downloads

Here's a great game that will help your team use mdifeld overloads to set up quick attacks.  Teams compete to see who can score the most goals in the quickest time, while defenders must look to break up play and stop the midfield exploding into attacking situations.

Outside or Inside Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2765 downloads

This is an activity that uses visual and audible cues.  When the coach turns around the players know a call is imminent, and should position themselves on or near the dividing line of the outer or inner boxes.  This is a good rehearsal for th same positional sense they'll need to adopt in match situations - looking for cues and responding.  They also need to listen out for th call - again, in much the same way that they would do in a match situation.

Rob the Bank Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2750 downloads

Here's a game that's great for practicing dribbling and passing skills.  It's perfect for five to eight-year-olds, and you can involve the whole squad from the off.  Speed and timing is crucial, with players capitalising on policemen engaged with other players.  And close control is important too!

Shooting Competition Popular

In Shooting 2068 downloads

This session coaches two-touch shooting, one of the weapons Aaron Ramsey uses on the edge of the area to control and fire in a shot.  This is a fun game that gets players competing against each other in teams.

Speedy 2v1s Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2721 downloads

In every match, and in every area of the pitch, overload situations make a telling contribution, particularly if combined with speed and good close control.  Here's a practice that replicates the most common overload - a 2v1.  Two attackers need to work a way around the square and pass into each corner without the defender winning the ball.

Star Gates Popular

In Dribbling and Ball Mastery 2822 downloads

This is a small game that is designed to help players improve their passing, dribbling, timing and angle of forward runs.