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Coaching Soccer 101


Pick One Skill or Theme For Your Practice

Start with Fundamentals with No Pressure

Slowly Increase the Level of Difficulty and Pressure

Progress to a Large Sided Game with Goals

In other words, instead of spending 5 minutes on dribbling, 5 minutes on passing, 5 minutes on defense. Use progressions to slowly and thoroughly develop a skill or theme for your practice.
Here is an example if passing is the skill a team needs most.
The example below uses 5 progressions, you may decide in some practice sessions to use only 3, some may use 6-7.

Start the practice with a warm up that uses passing to get the kids running.

Once players are warmed up, work on passing technique with no pressure (example- players pair up and pass back and forth to each other focusing on technique).

Next, add some non-defensive pressure. It could be passing for accuracy (two players passing between gates) or maybe passing against the clock.

Then add some defensive pressure in a small sided game. Use games or drills that will insure some passing success. Example: “monkey in the middle”. 4 passers against 1 defender.
Then progress to a 2v2 ,3v3, or 4v4 small sided game with full pressure.

Lastly, progress to a large sided game with goals.

Finish with a warm down.

After this practice, passing skills are bound to improve. Use the next regular season game to identify another weak area and do it all over again.