Some of the drills on this site are best suited for teams and used by coaches at soccer training, and others are designed to be used at home.
There are 2 types of soccer drills
- Game related
Isolated Soccer Drills
Purely to perfect technique with little or no decision making, often these drills are used at home when by yourself.
Game Related Soccer Drills
Requires players to be aware of the game situation, decide on the best option and then execute the required skill to get the best outcome.
Soccer Warm Up Drills
Some coaches get Under 12 players running laps, doing sprints and shuttle runs and are nearly exhausted before the game has even started. That is a bad warm up.Players always need to warm up before a soccer game or soccer practice session, but what is the best way to do it?
When warming up younger players (U8-U16) the best warm up drills ncorporate a mini session that ensures the players are warmed up sufficiently, stretched with good blood flow, engaged physiologically for the game and have had 500-100 touches covering the most important skills of 1st touch, dribbling, 1v1 and beating a defender and of course passing.
The warm up drill should take about 20 minutes and leaves players refreshed enough to play the game, with the added bonus that the structure ensures development of the core skills needed for soccer. I do moderate the drill to suit the playing age and level of the players to make sure they are “game ready“.
This mini session has a combination of Isolated and Game Related drills.
Soccer Dribbling Drills
Isolated Dribbling Drill
Dribbling a soccer ball and beating players is one of the most enjoyable and fun skills that players develop.
The kinds of drills that you do will depend a lot on where you are and who you are with.
If you are at home and practising by yourself, then it is almost impossible to practice in a game situation.
Doing a drill like the Tevez drill and using different parts of your feet will still pay dividends. This is considered isolated training.
Game Related Dribbling Drill
If you are coaching a team and using a dribbling drill, then it is important that players are aware of their surroundings, and know where space is to exploit.
In other words, they need to keep the heads up.
The best way to do this is to condition the drill that forces them to look around without you telling them.
Soccer Passing Drills
Isolated Passing Drill
Utilizing a “A Ball and a Wall” will give you a great session that helps incorporating 1st touch and different passing techniques. This is considered isolated training, but great to help you get better!
Game Related Passing Drill
If you are coaching players, then there are a couple of distinct types of soccer passing drills, those that are designed to perfect technique, and those that are more game like and require players to be aware and make decisions. A
combination of both isolated and game related passing drills are needed to ensure
Soccer Drills to Do At Home
Young soccer players have many distractions in their lives, apart from school, young kids spend a lot of time socialising on facebook and other social media sites.
Young Players tend to only practice their soccer when they attend training.
This is clearly not enough time for players to develop to a good standard. Whilst the debate that soccer players are born and not created, there is no doubt that the extra time that David Beckham or Lionel Messi spent practising made them better players. They may have had a better starting position than most soccer players and better inherent soccer skills and ability, but the soccer practice that they did at home, by themselves or with friends, ensured that they got to the best level possible.
When doing soccer drills at home, it is important to make them fun and its okay just to kick the ball and have fun without any particular objective in mind. The main thing is getting out there with a ball at your feet and getting as many touches as possible.
I recommend that players try and get 1,000 touches or more and that there is a variety of skills used, eg dribbling, juggling, passing, ball control etc.
Having variety when you are practising at home will make it less tedious and more fun.
If you are lucky enough to have a parent or friend to help you or play with you, even better, as having a 10 minute game of 1v1 is a whole lot of fun, good exercise. Importantly it is giving you “street smarts” on how to beat a defender.
Soccer Practice Plans
This site has details on a number of practice plans for soccer, and if you join my Mini Course, you will receive a free soccer coaching manual full of great soccer drills.
The Practise plans should always be age related and always have a theme.
For younger players the theme is to develop a particular core skill of
- 1st touch,
- 1v1 skills to beat defenders,
- passing and
- running with the ball.
The soccer drills should always be fun for the players, and I ensure that there are no lines of players waiting to play.
The soccer practice consists of a combination of isolated and game related drills. Normally a session for player to Under13 consists of
- Warm Up – easy exercises focus on the theme
- Skill Introduction – more competitive drills on the theme, include competition, races etc
- Skill Game – a small sided game that is conditioned to focus in the theme
For older players (Under14+), the practice plans consist of drills and small sided games to work on a particular part of the game. eg the killer pass
to penetrate the defence. The sessions consist of
- Warm Up – A passing drill, or dribbling drill
- Small Sided Game – A conditioned game to focus on the theme of the day
- Phase Of Play – using half a pitch if possible, a conditioned game that focus on the theme
- General Game – A 7v7 or 8v8 game (depending on numbers) for the players to further develop the theme of the day
Soccer Training Program
The soccer training programs should be age related, and generally follow a 6 week cycle, with each week having 2-3 training sessions and 1 game.
The soccer training program that you use should be methodical and work in a progressive manner thru the season
Soccer Drills Are The Key
Use great soccer drills = Develop Great Soccer Players