September, 2014
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Defending - 4 Back Movement
Simple Circuit Drill
Circuit/Relay Drill
8 Vs. 8 Quick Transition
Simple Drills
1 Vs 1 With Obstacles
5 Vs. 5 - Score in the Towers
3 Vs. 2 + 1
4 vs. 4 - Play it Wide

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Defending - 4 Back Movement
Age Group - U14 - Up

The drill on the left is a specific lay out for an exercise of a forward attacking in a central position of the field, and the defense moving to cover the attack.
Note:
Movement is based on the technical ability and age of the players.
Description:
The player who finds him self in front of the attacker or forward (in this case the blue player) steps up to defend, the other three defenders position them self almost flat, creating a defensive triangle on the strong side of the field. The defender on the wick side (green player), narrows the field getting closer to the defensive triangle. 
Coach Observation:
Movement of the player
Coordination/Speed/Agility
Body position
Communication
Note:
Start the drill in standing motion and progress with a game.


Simple Circuit Drill
Age Group: U7 - U12

The drill on the left is a Circuit Drill.
Note: 
Distance between obstacles is based on the age and ability of the players.
Description:
Each player has a soccer ball. Players dribble around the obstacle as shown, first using right foot and then switching to left foot.
Coach Observation:
Movement of the player
Coordination/Speed/Agility
Use both feet.
Note:
Add a net so players can shoot after going thru obstacles.

 

 

Circuit/Relay Drill
Age Groups: U10 - Up

The above is a relay drill.
Note: 
Distance of obstacles is based on the ability and age of the players.
Description:
Two teams each player with the ball.
First player form the line dribbles the ball around the yellow obstacles and then dribbles back to the line.
Players should dribbles fast.
Keep ball close to the feet.
After players go around the obstacles, pass the ball back to the teammate and now the other player starts
Coach Observation:
Keep ball to the feet.
Coordination/Speed/Agility
Keep heads up while dribbling
Flexibility while dribbling
Note:
After players go around the obstacles, pass the ball back to the teammate and now the other player starts.

Eight vs. Eight Quick Transition
Age Groups: U11 - Up

This is a transition drill.
Note: 
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players. 
Description:
Two teams square off in a limited area.
The objective is to keep the ball from the other team and score by passing the ball to the goalkeeper.
Coach Observation:
Give restrictions on how many touches and passes before the ball can be passed to the goalkeeper.
Note:
Movement of the ball.
Movement into space with and without the ball.
Accurate in passing and receiving.
Quick transition.

 


Simple Drills

Age Groups: U6 - U8

This is an ability and coordination exercises.
Note:
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players. 
Description:
The following drills are simple drills made up for soccer beginners. These drills should help to develop the ability, agility and the coordination of the players.
1- Ball control and dribbling - switching direction:
Players dribble the ball around a circle. The goal is to meet each other while dribbling and high five each other without stepping in the circle while dribbling. You may have players follow each other and see who is going to catch up first with the teammate.
Start this exercise without the ball at first. This will let the players get familiar with the game.
2- Ball control and dribbling - variation in the game:
Players dribble the ball around an octagon. The goal is to meet each other while dribbling and high five each other.
Variation #1: Reward one point to the players who make it around the octagon three times.
Variation #2: Coach stands in the middle of the octagon, he gives a signal (players have to look up to see it), as soon as the players see the signal they have to switch direction. Players can not go inside of the grid.
Variation #3: Place cones around the grid and have players dribble through
the cones and switch direction.
3- Ball control and dribbling – thinking game:
Players dribble in side a grid (make the size of the grid accordingly to the number of the players).
Each flag has a different color:
Blue flag: when players get to the blue flag they have to go around it and keep the ball on the out side of the foot.
Yellow flag: when players get to the yellow flag they have to go around it and keep moving the ball with the inside of the foot.
Green flag: when players get to the green flag they have to dribble fast to any red flag that does not have a player going to it.
Red flag: when players get to the red flag they have to switch direction.
4- Ball control and dribbling - Square movement:
Players dribble around a square with the right foot and when switching direction they switch dribbling foot also. 
Coach Observation:
Agility movement.
Thinking reaction.
Observe creativity of the players.
Note:
Drills can start without the ball.
Players will use their creativity around the obstacles.

1 Vs 1 With Obstacles
Age Groups: U8 - U12

This is a Warm Up drill and a Fun drill.
Note: 
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players.
Description:
All the balls are placed in the center.
Players jump the obstacles and run to get a ball and bring back to one of the squares.
Each team has its own squares assigned.
Coach Observation:
Take a look at the quickness and the reaction of the body movement.
Players have to be flexible.
Note:
First without the ball.
Start the drill by only using hands. Players will use their creativity around the obstacles.

 


5 Vs. 5 - Score in the Towers

Age Groups: U12 and Up

This is a 5 Vs. 5 Game
Note: 
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players.
Description:
Two teams of four players each. (Older age group can be more players)
Play normal game.
The goal is valid when the ball is played in side one of the squares. A player must receive the ball in side the square.
Coach Observation:
Notice how the players move and receive and pass the ball. Body movements and communication is important in this drill.
Note:
Teams can score only in sequence
Teams can not score in the same square
Limit number of touches
High balls as passes

 

3 Vs. 2 + 1
Age Groups: U11 and Up

This is a 3 Vs. 2 plus 1 player.
Note: 
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players. 
Description:
Yellow players pass the ball to each other.
Red players will move as yellow players pass the ball to each other.
There is a yellow player moving to receive the ball at the other end of the grid.
The only way the ball can be passed is thru one of the side openings. (made out by four cones).
Coach Observation:
Notice how the players move and receive and pass the ball. Body movements are important in this drill. Note:
Add an extra defender
Limit number of touches
High balls as passes 

 

 

4 vs. 4 - Play it Wide
Age Groups: U10 and Up

This is a 4 vs. 4.
Note:
Grid size based on the ability and age of the players.
Description:
Two teams of four players each.
Play normal game.
To go into the opposite field and score the ball must be played wide between one of the “small opening” made out of cones.
Coach Observation:
Notice how the players receive and pass the ball. Body movements are important in this drill.
Notice how the players will support teammates.
Variation:
Players can not go thru the “small openings”.
Two touches restrictions.
Add an extra ball.
Add goalkeepers.

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