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Diamond Passing Combination

Soccer Diamond Passing Combination

Published 9/22/2011 2:09:34 PM
Diamond Passing Combination

Drill Objective:

This soccer passing drill focuses on quick ball movement and combinations. Use this soccer combination drill to clean up first touch and tight passing, or spread it out and work on long passing.

Drill Setup:

  1. Set up 4 cones in the shape of an elongated diamond.
  2. Assign an all time passer on each of the two cones where the points of the diamond are closest.
  3. Rotate these passers every 3-5 minutes. In our diagram, the passers are in red.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Have the first player in line pass to one of the passers and overlap them.
  2. The passer that receives the first pass plays a first time ball into the other passer who then returns the ball to the player overlapping.
  3. The player then plays into the next player in line and the pattern repeats going the other direction.

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Focus on clean, crisp passing.
  • Movement off the ball must be timed with the pass.
  • The drill should flow with a continuous passing pattern.
  • Focus on speeding up the combination play.

Drill Variations

  • Play every pass 1-touch.
  • Expand the distance between cones and play longer balls in the air.
 

Passing Combination | 1-2 | Wall Pass | One-Two

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Published 9/22/2011 12:53:49 PM
Passing Combination | 1-2 | Wall Pass | One-Two

Drill Objective:

This soccer passing and combination drill focuses on passing and receiving ground balls and performing a one-two (1-2) and a wall pass around the defender.

Drill Setup:

  1. Stagger the cones in the shape of a parallelogram about 10 yards deep and 20 yards long.
  2. Have a player at each of the two inside cones that will not be a passer.
  3. The red players are the stationary passers.
  4. See the soccer drill diagram for the layout.

Drill Instructions:

  1. The first player in line plays a one-two (1-2) combination pass with the player at the cone nearest his side.
  2. He then plays a one-two (1-2) combination with the player farthest from him around the 2nd middle player.
  3. He then returns the ball back to this player who follows the same format in the opposite direction.
  4. The yellow players are the only players the rotate positions with each turn.
  5. Switch out the red players as needed every 5 minutes or as desired.
  6. The soccer drill diagram displays the pattern.  

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Focus on clean, crisp passing.
  • Movement off the ball must be timed with the pass.
  • The drill should flow with a continuous passing pattern.
  • Focus on speeding up the combination play.

Drill Variations

  • Play every pass 1-touch.
  • Expand the distance between cones and play longer balls in the air.


 

Triangle Goal Game

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Published 9/19/2011 12:45:07 PM
Triangle Goal Game

Drill Objective:

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.

Drill Setup:

  1. Create a grid about 35X35. You can adjust the grid larger or smaller depending on the age and skill level of your players.
  2. Create a triangle in the middle of the grid (about 5 yards each side) with training sticks or flags to serve as a goal.
  3. Place a goalkeeper inside the triangle.
  4. Split the group into two even teams of 4v4 or 5v5.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Instruct both teams to attack the three-sided goal.
  2. The Goalkeeper should defend all three sides of the goal.
  3. If a team scores a goal a point is awarded to the team and the ball is live on the other side of the goal.
  4. If the goalkeeper makes a save, he is to distribute the ball into open space away from players.
  5. For a goal to count, the ball must cross through the goal no higher than the top of the flag or training stick.

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Focus on on all aspects of the game such as passing, receiving, moving with and without the ball, defending, attacking, and finishing.
  • The players will have to work together as a team to quickly off-balance the defender and catch the goalkeeper off guard.

Drill Variations

  • Only allow a shot on goal after X number of passes.
  • Play in 1 or 2 touches.
 

Shooting, Combo, 1v1 Shooting Drill

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Published 9/17/2011 1:53:01 PM
Shooting, Combo, 1v1 Shooting Drill

Drill Objective:

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.

Drill Setup:

Create 3 lines (Line 1, 2, & 3) of players about 30 yards from goal with a goalkeeper in goal. Each player in line needs a ball.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Instruct line 1 to make a move and shoot before the edge of the penalty box.
  2. After player 1 shoots, they need to check into player 2 for a 1-2 ball. Player 1 should lay the ball off to player 2 for a first time shot.
  3. After player 2 shoots, they move to defend the player in line 3. Player 3 should beat player 2 and have a shot on goal.
  4. The players should not change lines yet. Let each player work through their line 3-4 times before switching lines.
 

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Focus on good shooting technique, landing on the kicking foot, following through onto goal, and putting the ball on target.
  • Kids should pay attention and remember their next task after shooting.


 

Combination Shooting & Finishing Drill

Combination, Shooting, Finishing, Soccer, Drill

 
Published 9/16/2011 2:24:37 PM
 Combination Shooting & Finishing Drill

Drill Objective:

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 a shot on goal.

Drill Setup:

  1. Using half of the soccer field, place a keeper in the goal.
  2. About 18 yards from goal, set two cones about 5 yards apart that are placed perpendicular to the goal. The first shooter starts between these two cones.
  3. Place a cone equal to each side of the penalty box about 10 yards from the top of the box. Place a player on each of these cones.
  4. Place another cone in the middle of the field about 10 yards from the side cones.
  5. The shape of the cones should be in a diamond with the cone closest to the goal having a small window.
  6. his window will be used as a passing reference for the player to receive the ball as they check into this space.
  7. The remaining players should be positioned at the cone farthest from goal with a ball each.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and follows his pass.
  2. Player 2 then passes to player 3 between the cones as player 3 is checking through the cones.
  3. Player 2 follows his pass and checks into the cones in the middle.
  4. Player 3 should have a touch with their back to the goal towards their far side and finish with a right footed shot on goal.
  5. As Player 2 is making the pass to player 3, the new player 1 makes a pass to player 4 and follows his pass.
  6. Player 4 passes into the new player 3 who is checking-in between the cones.
  7. Player 3 has a tight touch and turn with their back to the goal towards the back side and finishes with a left footed shot.
  8. Player 1 will then pass to player 2 and the same pattern is followed.

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Focus on crisp passes and well timed movement.
  • The shooter should have a clean, quick turn while keeping his back to goal until he comes out of his turn for the shot.
  • Play with speed.
  • Finish on goal.

Drill Variations

  • Play all touches in 1-touch.
  • Move the cones farther apart and work on flighted balls into each player.
  • Have a passive defensive player apply pressure on the back of the shooter to simulate a defender putting pressure on the attacker. Make sure the shooter does not expose the ball to the defender.



1v1 Defending the Dribble with Teammate

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Published 8/30/2011 12:38:51 PM
1v1 Defending the Dribble with Teammate

Drill Objective:

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.

Drill Setup:

  1. Create a grid that is 50 yards wide by 40 yards deep.
  2. Place a goal about 10 yards from the sideline on two of the diagonal corners. 
  3. Place a goalkeeper in each of the goals.
  4. 15 yards from each goal create a 10 X 10 grid and set a cone on the opposite end lines as a starting point for the players. See diagram for field layout.
  5. Split the team into groups of 2 each partner group having the same jersey color. 
  6. One of the teammates starts in line 1 where the other player starts in line 2 in the same order so they go at the same time. 
  7. Begin with one set of partners as the defenders each in one of the two 10X10 grids in front of the goal.
 

Drill Instructions:

  1. The attackers (partners) from line 1 and line 2 go at the same time on the coaches command.
  2. The attackers attempt to dribble through the grid directly in front of them and shoot on goal.
  3. If the attacking player successfully makes it through the grid and out the other side by dribbling, the attacker attempts to score a goal.
  4. The defenders attempt to deny they player from dribbling through the grid.
  5. If and only if both of the defender wins the ball, or the ball is knocked out the sides of the grid, do the attacking team become the defenders.
  6. If only one defender wins the ball and the other team makes it through the grid the defenders stay and continue defend the grid with the next group of partners.
  7. The pace of this drill must be very fast and encourage players to take advantage of an off balanced defender. 
  8. The defender will have to transition quickly in order to get out of the middle.
 

Drill Coaching Points:

Communication between each of the defenders will become more important and working together as teammates independently will be the focus.

When defending 1v1’s in soccer it is very important to focus on the following key elements:

  1. Staggered stance with toes at a 45 degree angle.
  2. Bent knees with weight on the balls of the feet.
  3. Chest leaning over the toes.
  4. Low center of gravity for greater explosion/quick change of direction (upright takes longer to start).
  5. Ability to shuffle quickly.
  6. Pay attention to the distance of pressure (depends on speed of attacker vs. the speed of the defender) usually 1-3 yards

Remember that the player closest to the attacker should be the player pressuring the ball. Players should sprint to close down space as quickly as they can, then when they get 5 yards from the attacker they should slow down and take steps backwards to match the pace of the attacker. During this time, the defender should slowly close down the space between the attacker and defender. Often proper pressure will cause the attacker to lose the ball.

One way to have players recall the proper way to defend is by the term “Quick, Slow, Sideways, Low”.

Quick refers to the defender speed while closing down the attacker with the ball. This should be done at full speed sprint and note that it is often best to close down the ball when the ball is in flight.

Slow refers to the defenders ability to change of speed and direction required to start moving in the same direction of the attacker.

Sideways refers to the body positioning often used when defending. The defender should turn their b

Drill Variations

  • Have the attackers become defenders if neither of the two score a goal. This will create a lot of defender changes and will allow you to work on transition.
 

1v1 Dribble Attack with Shot

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Published 8/31/2011 12:29:18 PM
1v1 Dribble Attack with Shot

Drill Objective:

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.

Drill Setup:

  1. Create a 15X15 yard grid about 18 yards from goal. 
  2. Place a goalkeeper in the goal, and a defender inside the grid. 
  3. The rest of the team should start at a cone placed about 15 yards from the grid. 
  4. Each player in line should have their own ball.

Drill Instructions:

  1. The first player in line dribbles into the grid, attempts to beat the defensive player, and dribble out the other end of the grid. 
  2. If he successfully dribbles through the grid and out the other end the attacking player can finish with a shot on goal. 
  3. If the ball is won by the defensive player, or dribbled out either of the sides of the grid, the attacker quickly becomes defender. 
  4. The next player in line can go immediately after a shot on goal is taken or the defensive player has won the ball.

Drill Coaching Points:

Head up for awareness. Players should always be scanning the field while carrying the ball while glancing down at the ball through the bottom of your eyes. Players must be aware of opponents, teammates, and space.

Ability to hold the ball close. Players should be able to keep close control of the ball in order to quickly change directions, move the ball away from a defender.

Balance. It is important for the dribbler to have a low center of gravity with knees bent and chest and head over the ball. This will help players start, stop, accelerate and change direction.

Change of pace and direction. The player should be able to cut and turn the ball quickly to avoid tackles or to exploit space.

Feints and moves. Players must be able to sell a move with body movements in order to throw the opponent off balance while moving the ball in an attacking position.

Confidence. Players must be willing to attempt to beat an opponent. Player’s confidence is important around the penalty box.

Creativity. Creativity is the ability for players to solve different situations with the correct move or combination of moves. This is best taught in a 1v1 game which relies a lot on the individual player’s skill to beat his opponent. A player’s creativity is often increased with more confidence with the ball.


 

Drill Variations

  1. Make the grid bigger to make it easier for the attackers and more difficult for the defenders.
  2. Make the grid smaller to make it more difficult for the attackers and easier for the defenders.
  3. Add a second defender and make the grid slightly larger.
  4. Move the grid farther from goal and encourage a longer shot.





 



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