Why are you here?
Hopefully because you want to
- learn how to play soccer
- be a better soccer player, or
- be a better soccer coach or
- be a better parent
and you want to develop great soccer player(s)
Whether you are a coach, player or parent, there will be something on this website for you. The website is devoted to developing good soccer players that have great technique and good game awareness and decision making. Soccer drills and small sided games are the key to developing players, but
- which ones to use?
- how to use them?
Firstly, there are 2 distinct types of soccer drills and small sided games.
With these kind of drills you are basically perfecting your technique and improving your skill level.
Drills like this can be used to improve first touch, dribbling, ball control, passing, almost every aspect of the game. The advantages of this type of drill is that all you need is a ball.
You don’t need any opponents, just a ball and a wall or some cones or other markers. The main disadvantages of these types of drills is that you do not experience any game related situations, and so decision making is not a big part of these drills, as the only pressure and challenges that you get are self induced.
Of course you should challenge yourself, so it is important to set yourself goals so that you need to think and concentrate. Always try to improve on targets that you have set previously. eg juggling the ball 50 times only using your feet, juggle the ball 50 times using both feet and no other part of the body.
Soccer coaches should always encourage their players to do as much of these drills as possible at home, and set them tasks and challenges. These types of drills are perfect for setting homework for players, and all soccer players should do these kind of drills to improve.
Soccer drills that you as part of a soccer practice
In preparing plans for a soccer training program, the soccer coach needs to have a wide variety of soccer drills and small sided games. Some of the drill used in a soccer practice plan will be like the ones described previously. The majority of drills and games should have ensure that players
- have awareness and understanding of the current game situation
- decide on the best option available to them after assessing the game situation
- execute the correct skill required to get the best result.
for example a passing drill that requires a player to assess which player is free, decide to pass into the players path and then use the correct foot and part of the foot to ensure the ball gets to where it needs to be.
Often with passing drills it is good to have a passive defender that just forces the player receiving the ball to take their 1st touch away from pressure and into free space.
Having a plan
Every soccer session should have a plan and a theme. you might be focusing on soccer dribbling drills or passing drills. In any case have a soccer practice plan that incorporates what you want to teach the players.Soccer coaches should try and ensure that each soccer practice plan contains a number of progressive drills and small sided games.
All of which should be have a common theme, so a soccer practice plan should consists of
Soccer Warm Up (often a passing drill)
The warm up should included elements of the theme for the soccer session and also include dynamic stretching.
At the start of the warm up drill, as players are running from one station to the next, simply get them to do dynamic stretching whilst the jog to the next position and wait for the ball.
There is a generic warm up drill that can be used for 1v1, passing and receiving, 1st touch and running with the ball that ensures players awareness, decision and skill execution are all used and challenged.
Often soccer passing drills are used in the warm up that increase in tempo and complexity as the warm up progresses.
A drill that is conditioned to perfect a skill under no pressure, limited pressure and full pressure. In other words players will need to be aware, decide and execute the skill or technique as described above.
Small Sided Game
A conditioned game that encourages the theme of the practice. eg for a session where the theme is finishing, the condition might be “to score must be one touch finish after a wall pass”
With each of the components of the soccer practice, the coach should be able to adjust the conditions to make it harder or easier, to challenge the players more. This can be done by setting limits.
e.g. when you gain possession of the ball, you must have an attempt on goal in 10 seconds or before you have a shot on goal, your team must complete 5 passes. A simple of the adjustment can make the drill or small sided game easier or harder.
This website will include a number of drills for you to use, and all of them will have been tried and tested, so you can be sure that they work. If you are looking for a soccer club in Melbourne, then go to Eastern Lions Soccer Club, Melbourne, Australia
Good luck with your soccer