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5 Good Soccer Drills For Coaches

By: Robbie Fredric
Soccer is one of the simplest sports to learn and play. For coaches, the concepts and explanation of the game are simple. However, coaching challenges arise in engaging other teams. Good team leads and staff use Soccer drills for coaches.

Drills are used for the following reasons:

To hone the skills of players

To observe levels of talent and assess player positioning

To develop plays and tough-scenario tactics

Individual Ball-Foot Skills

Each player on a team, with exception to the goalie, must become a skilled ball handler. Players learn to move around defenders and protect the ball in close engagement scenarios.


Juggling enhances ball handler confidence. It can be done individually or in pairs. An individual juggling alone starts by lifting the ball with his or her foot. Once the ball is airborne, the player must not allow the ball to hit the ground. The ball can be touched by any part of the body except arms and hands. Pairs or groups of teammates can juggle together by moving the ball from person to person without allowing it to hit the ground.


Shielding exercises involve protecting the ball against a defender or opposing player. The most common form of shielding is performed by a roll of the foot over the top of the ball. Shield drilling repeats the action of rolling the foot over the ball while moving forward, backward or laterally. Coaches can choose the distance by which players will roll the ball. The drill can be done with cones or without. It can be done in open areas for endurance workouts or in tightly confined areas for agility workouts.

Team Drill

Passing Drill

The moving pass, the precision pass and the strategic pass are all crucial to game-winning strategies. Passing cannot be perfected without passing drills. A key passing drill would be the two-player moving lateral-pass drill. Two players pair up standing apart form each other at a distance selected by the coach. One player initiates passing

by kicking the ball toward, but slightly ahead of, the other player. The other player moves toward the ball, gets a foot on the ball, and kicks it toward, but ahead, of the initiating player. This sequence is repeated until the players reach a point determined by the coach.

Goal Keeper Drills

Catching Drill

An essential weapon in the goal keeper's arsenal is catching. When a goalie catches the ball, rather than bat it away, he or she seizes control and neutralizes the opposing team's attack. Have a rapid succession of balls kicked, non-stop, toward the goalie. He or she must catch each ball. This will develop the catching reflex and undermine any tendencies toward batting the ball away.


A good two-on-one drill can involve the use of two balls. This will increase the goalie's reaction time and ball awareness. Have two of the team's fastest and hardest kickers, with one ball each, converge on your goalie at once. Have the goalie catch one ball and attempt batting the other ball away. This will allow opportunities for coaching your goalie toward better decision making and development of faster reflexes.

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