Participating in soccer drills is the most reliable way for soccer players to develop their soccer skills. There is a wide variety of soccer drills that focus on training different soccer skills. We have selected the best soccer drills and described them here. Take a look.

7V7 Scrimmage

This soccer drill is best performed at the end of a training session. This exercise presents realistic training situations where players can focus on various team tactics.

It trains players on how to respond to situations that could occur in a full-sided game. This drill teaches all the fundamental soccer skills and is meant to develop the players into all-around professionals.

 Setup

  • Use cones to create a 60 x 40 yards field. The size of the area may be adjusted depending on age and number of participating players.
  • Place full-size soccer goals on each end-line.
  • Divide the players into two teams of 7 players each. Each team will have six field players and a goalkeeper.

 Instructions

  • Instruct the players to play while observing all soccer rules such as throw-ins and penalties.
  • Maintain match conditions throughout the drill.

 Coaching points

  • Let the players learn from participating in the game. Correct the shape of the team if the need arises.
  • Encourage the players to play with speed.

Shooting Agility Drill

This drill focuses on agility. It involves players making check-runs after they make a pass.

 Setup

  • Use about 12 cones to form a channel that ends near the penalty area.
  • At the end of the channel farthest to the goal, use a few cones to form two lines pointing toward the corner flags.
  • The drill starts with the coach standing at the end of the channel closest to the goal and a few yards inside the penalty area.
  • The shooting players line up about 5 yards from the top of the channel. They should have a soccer ball with them.

 Instructions

  • The first shooting player makes a pass to the coach through the channel.
  • The first shooter will then make a check-run through the channel toward the coach.
  • The coach then makes a return pass to the attacker that is now approaching through the channel.
  • The shooter on receiving the ball will then make another shot to the coach and then sprint back towards where they began.
  • The coach will then lay a ball off to one of the sides of the channel.
  • The shooter is required to react swiftly to the direction of the pass, move quickly around the cones facing the corner flags and take a shot on target.

 Coaching points

The coach should see that the players

  • Move with speed before and after they make the pass.
  • React quickly when the ball is set for a shot.
  • React accordingly to the direction of the pass.
  • Make a solid shot.

Combination Shooting Drills

This is an incredible shooting drill that is mainly focused on combination play. This exercise also trains the participants on how to build up for an on-goal shot. This drill presents multiple combination ideas that progressively enhance the effectiveness of the drill.

 Setup

  • Create two relatively small triangles about 5 yards outside the penalty box. You may vary the distance from the goal depending on the skill level of your players. Place the two triangles approximately 15 yards apart.
  • Instruct a player to stand on each cone forming the triangle, and the remaining players line up close to but outside the triangles.
  • Place an adequate number of balls near each triangle.

 Instructions

  • One player from the triangle passes to another player in the same triangle.
  • The second player then passes to the third player.
  • The third player lays a ball close to the penalty box where the first player can hit a one-time shot on goal.
  • The players can change the order in which they pass the ball and who eventually makes a shot on goal.

 Coaching points

  • The coach may require the shooting players to switch sides so that they shoot with their left and right feet.
  • There are limitless combinations that can be made with this drill. The coach should encourage the players to try out multiple combinations.
  • The coach should observe that players make good passes and exhibit good body movement and control.
  • The players should make great shots on target.

1v1 Defending the Dribble

This drill is designed to isolate the defender and defending the dribble. The drill can be modified such that the focus will be on the first attacker going against the defender.

 Setup

  • Create a 10 x 10 yards grid using cones. Place cones about 10 yards from each midpoint of the sides of the grid.
  • Divide the players into two equal teams. One team should be in a different jersey color.
  • Instruct each team to line up near two of the cones placed opposite to each other such that the grid will be between them.
  • Instruct one player to start as a defender inside the grid.

 Instructions

  • Instruct the first attacking player to dribble towards the middle defender and try to dribble through to the other side of the grid.
  • If the attacking player successfully dribbles through to the other side of the grid, they then play a ball to the first player in line that is on that side.
  • The next attacking player then attempts to dribble through the grid to the other side.
  • If the defending player wins the ball, or the ball goes out of bounds (out of the grid), the player that loses the ball becomes the defending player.
  • The player who acquires ball possession or forces the ball out of the grid makes a pass to a team member in line who should then attack the new defender and attempt to dribble through the grid to the other side. The player, if successful, makes a pass to the player that is in line on that side.

 Coaching points

  • This should be a very fast-paced exercise, and attackers should seek to take advantage when the defender is off balance.
  • The defender should transition swiftly so as to defend successfully.

The Flag Game

This soccer drill is designed to train young players and beginners on how to dribble in tight spaces. The drill teaches the soccer players to keep their heads up so that they can be more aware of their surroundings. This exercise is also effective in helping players maintain close control of the ball while dribbling.

 Setup

  • Create a 10 x 25 yards grid.
  • Plant flags within the grid in a random fashion.
  • The number of planted flags should be less than the number of players by two.
  • All players start inside the grid. Each player should have a soccer ball.

 Instructions

  • Instruct the players to dribble within the grid while avoiding other players and the flags.
  • Due to the congestion caused by other players and the flags, the players will be forced to dribble with their heads up so that they can check their surroundings continuously.
  • When the coach says “STOP”, the players are required to dribble to an unoccupied flag as fast as they can.
  • The player that is first to reach the flag five times in a row wins the game.

 Coaching points

  • The coach may vary the number of flags in the grid. Or restrict the players to particular dribbling styles to enhance the drill.
  • The players should dribble with their heads up.
  • The players should maintain close ball control and move with speed.

6v4 Team Training Drill

This soccer drill teaches players proper team movement, effective communication, and passing. This exercise is most appropriate after a soccer passing drill.

 Setup

  • Create a 40 x 60 yards grid and place full-size soccer goals at each end-line.
  • Divide the players into two teams – one with 6 field players and the other with 4 field players. Each team should have a keeper at the goal.
  • In the team of 6, assign each player a number. The team of 4 does not need numbering.

 Instructions

  • The team of 6 players should pass among themselves in numerical order according to their assigned numbers.
  • The team f 4 players can pass in any order they wish.
  • When the team of 6 regains possession of the ball, the numerical order resumes starting with the player that has the ball.

 Coaching points

The team of 6 must have excellent movement and communication for them to play successfully. The team of 4 should seek to attack quickly and throw the other team off balance.

Final Thoughts

The effectiveness of a soccer drill is dependent on player factors such as age and skill level. It is crucial that coaches pick the most suitable soccer drills for their players.

Coaches may also need to consider the number of participating players in order to make a sound decision on how to set up the soccer drills.

It is essential that players have fun while participating in soccer drills as this improves their self-drive and dedication – coaches should, therefore, prioritize the drills that are the most fun for the players.

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