Soccer Drills for Under 16 year old Players and Upwards

Due to the psychological organisation or technical demands of these soccer drills they may only be appropriate to older players. However, younger more advanced players may be able to complete the tasks required.

2 Touch Finish: This soccer coaching exercise improves players ability to get their shot away quickly when in the penalty area. Like many of the soccer drills contained within this section, this coaching drill is very easy to implement and oversee.
Primary Objective: Finishing
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2 v 1 Shooting: This soccer drill provides an attacking overload so therefore increases the possibility of shooting.
Primary Objective: Finishing
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3 by 3 Crossing: This soccer coaching session can simultaneously work on two groups to improve their crossing and finishing.
Primary Objective: Finishing   Secondary Objective: Crossing
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3 Goal Triangle: This is just one of many soccer coaching sessions that work on both goalkeepers movement, communication and handling, while encouraging players to perform quick passes and take early shots.
Primary Objective: Passing   Secondary Objective: Finishing
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3 Player Crossing Drill: A soccer coaching drill that has been designed to improve crossing and finishing from crosses. Like many of the soccer drills contained within this section, this coaching drill is very easy to implement and oversee.
Primary Objective: Crossing   Secondary Objective: Finishing
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4 v 4: Break Clear: This is the first of a series of soccer coaching sessions that focus on support play and finishing. This coaching session particularly focuses upon finishing in a one-on-one situation.
Primary Objective: Support Play   Secondary Objective: Finishing
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4 v 4: Finish from Crosses: A similar soccer coaching session to 4 v 4: Break Clear but instead the emphasis is placed finishing from crosses.
Primary Objective: Crossing/Finishing  Secondary Objective: Passing/Support Play
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4 v 4: Finish from Crosses progression: A straight progression from the previous soccer drill but instead a greater number of attackers are allowed to break into the box.
Primary Objective: Crossing/Finishing  Secondary Objective: Passing/Support Play
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4 v 4: Finish from Crosses progression 2: A straight progression from the previous 2 soccer coaching drills but instead there are more attackers and defenders breaking into the area.
Primary Objective: Crossing/Finishing  Secondary Objective: Passing/Support Play
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5 v 3 Circles: Possession retention soccer session that places a small restriction on the overloaded team.
Primary Objective: Support Play  Secondary Objective: Passing
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Attacking Movements: A coaching drill to improve quick interchanges and movement in and around the penalty area. Like many of the soccer drills contained within this section, this coaching drill is very easy to implement and oversee.
Primary Objective: Finishing
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Coaching the Crossover: A soccer drill to introduce players how to clear the passing alley for a colleague and their required movement to meet the ball.
Primary Objective: Support Play  Secondary Objective: Passing
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Heading Controlled: A coaching practice to allow player's the chance to practice heading in a controlled manner. Like many of the soccer drills contained within this section, this coaching drill is very easy to implement and oversee.
Primary Objective: Heading  Secondary Objective: Control
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Heading with an Opponent: A soccer practice to introduce players to heading a ball when an opponent is nearby.
Primary Objective: Heading  Secondary Objective: Control
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Longer Passing: This soccer coaching session looks to improve a player's ability to set a ball for a player to strike and to actually strike over a long distance.
Primary Objective: Passing
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Pass and Turn: A soccer drill to improve an individual’s ability to receive and turn with a ball. Like many of the soccer drills contained within this section, this coaching drill is very easy to implement and oversee.
Primary Objective: Control  Secondary Objective: Turning
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Run with Ball to Cross: This is the first of 3 soccer drills that look to  improve the end product of a player who has run with the ball.
Primary Objective: Running with the Ball  Secondary Objective: Crossing
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Run with Ball to Cross with Defender: This version of the last soccer coaching session can be used to improve the end product of a player who has run with the ball, with the added pressure of a recovering defender.
Primary Objective: Running with the Ball  Secondary Objective: Crossing
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Run with Ball to Pass: A soccer drill to improve the end product (pass) of a player who has just run with the ball.
Primary Objective: Running with the Ball  Secondary Objective: Passing
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Throw Volley Catch: Very simple soccer session to set up and implement to improve a players ability to perform a cushion volley to a team mate.
Primary Objective: Control
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N.B.: Areas contained within these soccer coaching sessions are suggestions and can be altered and adapted to coincide with player number and their ability.

Related Pages

The following pages are all contained within this website and are highly relevant to the pages that are situated within this section;

Adaptations to a Coaching Drill
Coach's Expectations
Coaching Process
Communication
Factors that Determine the Approach of the Coach
Football - A Basic Breakdown
How Players Learn
How to Coach
Observation is the Key
Roles and Responsibilities
Session Planning
What Players Learn

 

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