Soccer Training Drills
Soccer training drills are specifically designed
to help soccer players develop skills they will need in competition
play. These drills are meant to allow coaches the flexibility
to change the difficulty level of the moves without drastically
changing the moves themselves, giving more life to each drill.
Soccer training drills are
also meant to be somewhat repetitive. By making drills that
force athletes to perform the same move several times, coaches
have the chance to observe an athlete’s play style,
looking for patterns and identifying areas of weakness to
focus on. This encourages good technique by allowing athletes
time to practice what the coach advises and increases the
chance for retention with every move.
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Zig Zag Pass
Players should line up in two vertical lines
splitting the middle of the field, with enough room in between
to make fairly long passes. Players should stand not directly
across from each other but in the “window” between
two players, making a zig zag pattern.
A smaller line of players should stand vertically
at the end of the two lines, ready to receive a ball from
the coach. The player with the ball passes to the first player
in line, who then passes it back. The player in the middle
then passes to a player in the opposite line and receives
it back. This goes on until the player in the middle has passed
to each player in the outer lines and received the ball back.
soccer drill primarily teaches passing skills and helps
athletes develop timing, aim, and distance perception to help
with the power they put behind passes. The drill can be made
more difficult by putting more distance between the two outer
lines, increasing the distance of the passes.
Catch or Control
To help with goalie training, coaches can use
the Catch or Control drill. Players should be split into pairs,
with one player being the goalie and one being the offender.
There should be a small goal for each team to defend. The
offensive player tries to get the ball in the goal, while
the goalie gets one touch to either catch or control the ball.
The goalie should then kick or throw the ball
back to the offensive player and the drill starts again. The
offensive players should be encouraged to try new ways to
score a goal, forcing the goalie to adapt and improve their
Soccer Training Drills to Build Skills
Coaches using soccer training drills should
keep in mind several key points about drills in general. Drills
should be somewhat repetitive, allowing for practice of a
specific skill. They should be customizable, allowing coaches
to make them easier or harder depending on the team’s
needs. Finally, soccer training drills should practice skills
that players will use in everyday competitive situations.
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