Top Soccer Tryout Drills
Soccer tryout drills are meant to help coaches select a soccer team out of a group of players. Effective soccer tryout drills should allow coaches and other vetting groups to evaluate the technical and tactical abilities of soccer players within a short time. We have described the best soccer tryout drills below. Take a look.
1v1 Defending Soccer Tryout Drills
This drill involves players competing in a 1v1 to evaluate various soccer skills such as attacking and defending abilities.
In this drill, the defenders are expected to close down space quickly and to prevent the attackers from moving past them.
The coach should:
8v8 Soccer Tryout Drill
This tryout drill involves two teams of 8 players each (that is including the goalkeeper) engaging in an 8v8 to goals. The drill uses a smaller pitch and fewer players compared to regular soccer matches so that players can get more touches which allows coaches to evaluate their skills much better. Players are unlikely to hide or play slow in this game setup making it easier for coaches to assess their skills quickly.
The coach should:
Dribbling Soccer Tryout Drill
This drill involves players dribbling through a series of flags so as to showcase their ability to move and change directions quickly while dribbling. The evaluation staff will evaluate players’ abilities including dribbling, speed, agility, and balance.
Crossing and Finishing Soccer Tryout Drill
In this drill, players are evaluated for their crossing and finishing skills. It requires players to make quality crosses consistently. Defenders are evaluated on their ability to prevent getting scored by winning the balls in the box.
Coaches should ensure that the participants take part in different drills so that the coaches can evaluate their various skills.
The tryout drills should be planned in a way that will ensure a comprehensive assessment of the players’ skills and abilities.
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