Coaching Soccer Drills
There are many different coaching soccer drills you can use to help your team improve. Have the players do soccer drills for at least part of every practice session. Pay attention to their technique during the drills, and spend some extra time working with a player who is unable to perform a drill correctly.
- One of the more popular soccer drills to make the players try is juggling a ball. Give each player a ball, and have them spread out on the soccer field. Have them juggle the ball from foot-to-foot, from foot-to-knee, and from foot-to-head. It takes some time to master the art of juggling, so encourage the players to spend some of their time off juggling a ball, which will help them improve.
- Work on passing during soccer drills. Have the players find a partner, and give each pair one soccer ball to use. Instruct them to pass the ball back and forth, and make sure they are using both of their feet at different times during the drill. Watch each player’s passing technique, and stop the drill if necessary to make corrections.
- Have the players practice heading the ball. You can have the team pair up, or put them in small groups for the heading drill. Make sure they practice aiming the ball during the soccer drills, as well as heading the ball away for defensive purposes.
- Spend some practice time using soccer drills for defense. Make the players work on their defensive skills by having two offensive players match up against one defender. Use a small space for the drill, such as a square set up with practice cones. Tell the defender to keep their feet moving and to stay low during the drill. When the defender steals the ball from the offensive players, let him move to offense and switch one of the other players over to defense.
- Practice shooting during soccer drills. Have the players line up at the 18-yard line, in single file. Put the goalkeeper in goal, so they can get some work as well. Instruct the players to take one dribble, and then shoot the ball. Have each player take a shot, then repeat the drill and have them use their opposite foot to shoot.