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Shooting Agility Drill

This soccer shooting drill focuses on agility and check-runs after the pass.


6 vs 4 Team Training Numbers

This 6 vs 4 team training drill focuses on team movement, communication, and passing. This is a great session to end on after an intense passing practice.


7v7 Scrimmage

A 7v7 scrimmage is a great way to end most of your training sessions. The 7 vs 7 allows players to focus on team tactics in realistic training situations and respond to problems presented in the full-sided game. 


Shooting Agility Drill

This soccer shooting drill will focus on passing combination along with agility. This drill is an excellent pre-game warmup for passing and shooting.


1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

This 1v1 drill focuses on a passing combination with movement off the ball and finishes with a one vs. one to goal. If players miss they become the keeper and the game continues. Players love the fun, competitive twist of being able to make a player become a goalkeeper.



3v1 Rotating Defenders

This 3v1 game will focus on keeping possession in a tight space. Work on passing, decision making, movement on and off the ball as well as improve communication.


Combination Crossing Drill

This combination crossing and finishing drill will focus on crosses within the 18 and is designed to help players become comfortable on crosses inside the 18.


Combination Shooting with Dummy Run

This combination shooting drill focuses on shooting and finishing within the 18. It starts with a dummy run stepping over the ball, then a combination play ending with a shot on goal.


2v2 Quick Attacking Soccer Drill

This 2v2 soccer drill is a great game to work on quick attacking and defending skills. It is a very fast paced and dynamic soccer game that the kids will love.


Triangle Goal Game

The Triangle Goal Soccer Game will focus on all aspects of the game such as passing, moving, and finishing. The players will have to work together as a team to quickly off-balance the defender and catch the goalkeeper off guard.

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1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

This 1v1 drill focuses on a passing combination with movement off the ball and finishes with a one vs. one to goal. If players miss they become the keeper and the game continues. Players love the fun, competitive twist of being able to make a player become a goalkeeper.


Pirates of the Pugg

This soccer dribbling drill is a great soccer drill using a Pugg Goal that can be tweaked to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on proper dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on the transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety. Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target.


4v3 Attack vs. Defense

This attacking soccer drill is a great drill to focus on finishing. Since the attackers have the numerical advantage, they should learn how to exploit their advantage and finish with a shot on goal.


The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game soccer drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This  1v1 drill works on all dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.


Four Corners Passing Game

The Four Corners Passing Game is a great soccer drill to focus on passing, changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.



4v4, To Lines or Small Goals

In Soccer, 4v4 is the smallest version of a full-sided game. While on the attack, to be successful in a four vs. four matches, players must penetrate via the pass, dribble, or shot; players must provide support to the player with the ball, and players need to create width to the field. On the defensive side of the field, players must provide pressure to the ball, delay the attack, cover for the player pressuring the ball, and balancing the field of play. This 4v4 practice focuses on all aspects of the match including attacking, defending, passing, receiving, support, penetration, and spreading the field.


2v2 or 1v1 - Get Outta Here

This drill is a very fast paced1v1 or 2v2 game that focuses on aspects of the small sided game such as dribbling, passing, and scoring.


1v1 Competition

This drill is great to focus on 1v1 play. It is flexible and can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side. On the offensive side you can get attackers to attack the defenders with speed, quick change of pace with an explosive touch to get away, getting behind the defensive players and shooting at half chances. On the defensive side, you can focus on closing down quickly, forcing the attacker to the side and closing down the attack.


Attack vs. Defence Shooting and Defending Drill

This drill is one that the kids love. The players will get to work on both attacking (shooting) and defending skills and if ran correctly, very fast paced.


2v2 Dribbling to Beat the Defender

This drill helps players recognize when to dribble, pass, or get off a shot once the first defender is beaten.

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Pirates of the Pugg

This soccer dribbling drill is a great soccer drill using a Pugg Goal that can be tweaked to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on proper dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on the transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety. Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target.


Four Corners Passing Game

The Four Corners Passing Game is a great soccer drill to focus on passing, changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.


The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game soccer drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This  1v1 drill works on all dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.


Angle of Support Possession Drill

This soccer passing drill is a great drill for teaching young players angle of support and spacing.


World Cup Soccer Drill

The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great shooting game for kids of all ages. The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great game to work on game like situations with number down situations.



3v1 Rotating Defenders

This 3v1 game will focus on keeping possession in a tight space. Work on passing, decision making, movement on and off the ball as well as improve communication.


2v2 Quick Attacking Soccer Drill

This 2v2 soccer drill is a great game to work on quick attacking and defending skills. It is a very fast paced and dynamic soccer game that the kids will love.


Triangle Goal Game

The Triangle Goal Soccer Game will focus on all aspects of the game such as passing, moving, and finishing. The players will have to work together as a team to quickly off-balance the defender and catch the goalkeeper off guard.


Attack vs. Defence Shooting and Defending Drill

This drill is one that the kids love. The players will get to work on both attacking (shooting) and defending skills and if ran correctly, very fast paced.


Split the Defenders Passing Game

This soccer drill is great for a little more advanced player from 11 years old to 14 years and focuses on passing to split two defenders.

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Pirates of the Pugg

This soccer dribbling drill is a great soccer drill using a Pugg Goal that can be tweaked to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on proper dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on the transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety. Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target.


Four Corners Passing Game

The Four Corners Passing Game is a great soccer drill to focus on passing, changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.


The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game soccer drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This  1v1 drill works on all dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.


Angle of Support Possession Drill

This soccer passing drill is a great drill for teaching young players angle of support and spacing.


World Cup Soccer Drill

The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great shooting game for kids of all ages. The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great game to work on game like situations with number down situations.



3v1 Rotating Defenders

This 3v1 game will focus on keeping possession in a tight space. Work on passing, decision making, movement on and off the ball as well as improve communication.


2v2 Quick Attacking Soccer Drill

This 2v2 soccer drill is a great game to work on quick attacking and defending skills. It is a very fast paced and dynamic soccer game that the kids will love.


Triangle Goal Game

The Triangle Goal Soccer Game will focus on all aspects of the game such as passing, moving, and finishing. The players will have to work together as a team to quickly off-balance the defender and catch the goalkeeper off guard.


Attack vs. Defence Shooting and Defending Drill

This drill is one that the kids love. The players will get to work on both attacking (shooting) and defending skills and if ran correctly, very fast paced.


Split the Defenders Passing Game

This soccer drill is great for a little more advanced player from 11 years old to 14 years and focuses on passing to split two defenders.



Attacking from the Midfield

This attacking soccer drill focuses on building an attack from the midfield and focuses on the midfield players getting forward into the attacking third.


4v3 Attack vs. Defense

This attacking soccer drill is a great drill to focus on finishing. Since the attackers have the numerical advantage, they should learn how to exploit their advantage and finish with a shot on goal.


Diagonal Soccer Shooting Drill

This is a simple soccer shooting drill that is great for warm-up to a shooting practice or warm-up prior to a game.


3v3 Plus 3

This drill focuses on keeping possession. Passing, receiving, movement, and angle of support can be singled out. Causes players to look up and be aware of the surrounding players.


Guard the Castle

This drill is a great small sided game that focuses on passing in numbers up situations This is a fun drill and the kids will love it!




Combination Shooting & Finishing Drill

This is a dynamic shooting and finishing soccer drill that will focus on the timing of the combination play, touching the ball with your back to the defender, and having a quick tight turn and finish with a shot on goal.


1v1 Competition

This drill is great to focus on 1v1 play. It is flexible and can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side. On the offensive side you can get attackers to attack the defenders with speed, quick change of pace with an explosive touch to get away, getting behind the defensive players and shooting at half chances. On the defensive side, you can focus on closing down quickly, forcing the attacker to the side and closing down the attack.


Combination Crossing Drill

This combination crossing and finishing drill will focus on crosses within the 18 and is designed to help players become comfortable on crosses inside the 18.


4V4 With 5 Goals Inside The 18

This 4v4 finishing drill is one of my favorite soccer finishing drills as it works on every aspect of finishing inside the 18-yard box. This drill focuses on soccer finishing skills such as chipping, crossing, heading, finishing and composure in the 18.



1v1 Defending the Dribble with Teammate

The purpose of this drill is to isolate the defender to focus on the first defender and defending the dribble while working with a teammate. This teaches young soccer players to work together with your teammate to shut down the attacker.


5v2 Rotating Defenders

This 5v2 drill will focus on keeping possession by making good passes as well as good passing decisions, moving to open space, and good communication.


1v1 Dribble Attack with Shot

The purpose of this 1v1 drill is to focus on dribbling to beat a defender and finishing with a shot. This drill can also be used to focus on defensive players defending the dribble.


1v1 Defending the Dribble

The purpose of this drill is to isolate the defender to focus on the first defender and defending the dribble. This drills focus can be modified to focus on the first attacker taking on the defender.


Attacking the End Line Crossing Game

This drill focuses on attacking from the end line from the flanks and serving a ball in. This is a great crossing game to isolate the flank players and getting them to serve the ball in front of the goal.



3v2 Flying Changes

This drill is designed to focus on all aspects of the game in a 3v2 situation. Mainly runs of attackers, angle of support, passing vs. shooting decisions, defensive shape, and recovery runs, along with working on mental attentiveness.


4v4 Playing Wide Out of the Back

This drill is designed to get players to play balls wide when playing from the back, the defensive third of the field. Players recognize that they find more time and space on the outsides of the field and they are relieving the center of the pitch from dangerous play.


Cross - Finish Under Pressure

This crossing and finishing drill is great for focusing on crossing under pressure and finishing under pressure. It is also a great drill to improve the players fitness level.


2v2 Dribbling to Beat the Defender

This drill helps players recognize when to dribble, pass, or get off a shot once the first defender is beaten.


Lane Spacing and Separation Soccer Game

This soccer game uses lanes to divide the soccer field into three equal areas to teach spacing and separation to young soccer players.



Small-Sided Shooting and Finishing Game

This small sided shooting and finishing game is a great shooting drill that focuses on shooting and finishing.


4v4 + Target Players with 2 Goals

This is a great 4v4 soccer game that teaches players to play into their target player. This adds a more realistic twist to the normal 4 on 4 soccer game.


Flighted Balls in the 18

This soccer drill is designed to focus on chipping, trapping and shooting inside the 18. If you need your team to feel more comfortable inside the penalty box, you have to practice there.


Quick Transition Game

This soccer drill is an excellent way to focus on attacking and defending and is ideal for teaching the basic principals of soccer. The game can be modified to illustrate many aspects of the game.


5 Pass Possession Game

This is a great passing drill that focuses on holding possession and completing a series of passes. This possession passing drill will work on awareness, speed of play, support, and movement to maintain possession.



2v2 Challenge

This 2v2 soccer drill focuses on putting players in 2 vs. 2 situations while attacking the goal. The dynamics of the games works on transitioning, and fitness demands on the players can be intense at times.


Combination Shooting with Dummy Run

This combination shooting drill focuses on shooting and finishing within the 18. It starts with a dummy run stepping over the ball, then a combination play ending with a shot on goal.


Winger Taking on Outside Fullback

This dribbling game focuses on winger players taking on the outside fullbacks in the offensive third of the field.


4v4, To Lines or Small Goals

In Soccer, 4v4 is the smallest version of a full-sided game. While on the attack, to be successful in a four vs. four matches, players must penetrate via the pass, dribble, or shot; players must provide support to the player with the ball, and players need to create width to the field. On the defensive side of the field, players must provide pressure to the ball, delay the attack, cover for the player pressuring the ball, and balancing the field of play. This 4v4 practice focuses on all aspects of the match including attacking, defending, passing, receiving, support, penetration, and spreading the field.


Shooting Combo, 1v1 Shooting Drill

This is a great shooting drill that focuses on making a move before shooting, making a 1-2 combination play before shooting, then taking on a defender 1v1 before shooting.



1 v 1 to Goal

1 v 1 to Goal is a great soccer drill to improve goal scoring. This drill focuses on beating the last defender, staying in control of the ball and finishing with a good shot on goal.


4v4 Zone Game

This 4v4 possession soccer drill helps players keep possession for a purpose with short and long passing combinations. This drill also allows one to focus on defensive transition by quickly close down space and eliminate passing lanes.


5v5 Dribbling Game

This 5v5 soccer dribbling game is more of a realistic setting to help focus on improving dribbling skills. Because fo the large number of players, players are forced to make decisions to dribble, pass, or shoot.


Soccer End Zone Game

The soccer end zone game is a great soccer drill that will help coaches focus on all aspects of attacking and defending in soccer. With incorporating end zones into the game it gives players a chance to learn to attack space behind the defense and allows defenders to learn how to deny space behind them.


2v2+1 (2 vs. 2 plus target attacker)

This 2v2+1 soccer drill is a great situational game that allows you to focus on numbers up attacking situations or numbers down defending situations.



Trapping and Controlling the Ball with Back to Goal

This soccer receiving drill will focus on chest, thigh, and fast traps and control. This teaches players to turn, shield, or play the way they are facing when their back is to goal.


4v2 Angle of Support

This 4v2 soccer game will help perfect early support, movement without the ball, and good angle and distance of support.


1v1, 1v2, 2v2 - 4 goal game

This 1v1 soccer drill puts soccer players in 1v1 situations with multiple goals. 1v1 soccer helps players focus on penetration by forcing the player to dribbling to beat their opponent and allows players to make the attack unpredictable through creativity. Your kids will love this soccer drill!


Three Goal Shooting Drill

This is a great soccer shooting drill for getting rapid shots on multiple goals and is also a great source of fitness.


1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

This 1v1 drill focuses on a passing combination with movement off the ball and finishes with a one vs. one to goal. If players miss they become the keeper and the game continues. Players love the fun, competitive twist of being able to make a player become a goalkeeper.



Target Players

This attacking drill focuses on playing the target players from the attacking third of the field.


Crossing/Finishing Drill

This crossing and finishing drill focuses on attacking within the 18 yard box. This soccer drill mainly focuses on crossing, shooting, and heading.


Improving Speed of Play - Passing Drill

This soccer drill is designed to improve the speed of play, decision making, and passing accuracy under pressure.


Transition Drill

This drill is designed to be played at a quick pace. This dynamic game will allow you to focus on transition from offense to defense.


2v2 or 1v1 - Get Outta Here

This drill is a very fast paced1v1 or 2v2 game that focuses on aspects of the small sided game such as dribbling, passing, and scoring.



Tunnel of Death

This drill can be used to focus on either attacking or defending. It teaches players to take advantage of an off balanced defender by attacking with speed or could be used to focus on good defensive posture and transition.


1v1v1 Triangle Game

This drill will focus on the attacking in number down situations and will mainly encourage players to dribble, take players on, shielding and vision to find the open goal. Defensively this drill encourages players to stay aware of their defensive shape and tackling players on the dribble.


Combination Play with Crossing and Finishing

This is a great cross and finish drill that allows you to focus on a short build-up, combination play, timing of runs, and crossing and finishing.


Shooting on the Turn

This soccer shooting drill will focus on shooting on the turn. Players are forced to turn quickly and shoot on goal.


3v1 Early Support

This soccer drill focuses on supporting the player with the ball including early support, moving without the ball, and good angle and distance of support.



1 on 1 Soccer Progression

This 1 on 1 progression will focus on required dribbling skills, body feints, and the required burst of speed to beat a defender.


Diagonal 1v1 Soccer Drill

This 1v1 soccer drill is great to focus on 1v1 play whether it is on the offensive or the defensive side. On the offensive side, you can get attackers to attack the defenders with speed, quick change of pace with an explosive touch to get away, and getting behind the defensive players. On the defensive side, you can focus on closing down quickly, forcing the attacker to the side and closing down the attack.


Dribbling at the Cone

This is a good soccer dribbling drill for young soccer players to learn to dribble without opposition. It is a great drill to introduce different fakes and faints to gain an edge on the defender.


Dribbling to Beat Defenders, Take on Defenders

This drill is a great soccer drill to teach players to dribble at and beat defenders. It also focuses on other aspects of the game such as passing, receiving, and support. Teaches players to take on defenders.


3v1 - Attacking the Goal

This attacking soccer drill focus on the attacking movement and composure in front of the goal. Players will become comfortable in front of the goal and will be able to recognize situational play.



Trapping and Controlling the ball Facing Defender

The object of this soccer drill is to work on trapping and control with the foot, thigh, and chest while facing an opponent.


Team Tactics Dribbling in the Attacking Third

This is a great team tactic dribbling drill that focuses on when and where to dribble in the attacking third.


Dribbling to Beat a Defender

This dribbling drill is great when teaching young players when and where to dribble, and how to beat the defenders on the dribble. This dribbling drill is best for U8-U12 Soccer Players. The emphasis is on allowing the dribbling player to unbalance the defender while approaching unchallenged.


3v3 in the 18 - Attacking and Shooting Drill

This soccer drill is perfect for working on attacking in the final third of the field, quick combination play near the goal, and shooting around the 18 yard line.


Shooting Agility Drill

This soccer shooting drill will focus on passing combination along with agility. This drill is an excellent pre-game warmup for passing and shooting.



2v1 Dribbling with Opposition

In this dribbling drill, since we put the players in a 2v1 situation this will help you emphasize whether or not the two attacking players should dribble or pass.


Dribbling with speed, recognizing when to dribble

This dribbling soccer drill will help players recognize when to make runs and get comfortable making those runs with speed.


Great Attacking Skills

This drill focuses on attacking in a number’s up situation and opening up and finding the attacker in a 1v1 situation. This drill puts much emphasis on good passing, receiving and general possession.


Attacking from the Back

This soccer drill focuses on building an attack from the back starting with the keeper’s distribution. When performed on a full field this drill demands a great deal of fitness as it should be executed at top speed in a continuous fashion.


1v1 1st Attacker Dribbling Without Opposition

This 1v1 dribbling exercise allows coaches to focus on the 1st attacker's ability to beat the defender on the dribble. In this soccer drill, the coach should focus on the attacker's approach, make sure the attacker has a change in direction, and finish with a burst of speed (change of pace). This drill helps beginners get the feel for moving around defenders. 



5v2 Angle of Support Passing Drill

The purpose of this soccer passing drill is to focus on players angle of support, the weight of passes and the quality of 1st touch.


Shooting Agility Drill

This soccer shooting drill focuses on agility and check-runs after the pass.


6 vs 4 Team Training Numbers

This 6 vs 4 team training drill focuses on team movement, communication, and passing. This is a great session to end on after an intense passing practice.


7v7 Scrimmage

A 7v7 scrimmage is a great way to end most of your training sessions. The 7 vs 7 allows players to focus on team tactics in realistic training situations and respond to problems presented in the full-sided game. 

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