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That includes identifying the weaknesses of each player in your team and correcting them accordingly, whether it’s regarding their game knowledge, strategic tricks, conditioning or self-confidence.
World-class soccer teams are built off the field, not on it. It’s the responsibility of the coach and his training staff to devise a proper training schedule using a variety of soccer drills that will sharpen the skills of his players in every aspect of the game.
Coaching may be a cerebral skill, but it’s not like handling the unpredictability of receivables loans. Teaching good techniques will inevitably result in better skills in your players. Here are a few essential soccer drills you should integrate into the training of your players if you want to take them to the major leagues someday.
The line passing combination soccer drill is designed to perfect the most basic but crucial skill in the game: to coordinate in passing the ball across the field and maintaining possession of it.
This drill is conducted using four players who advance along the vertical length of the field and pass the ball to each other in pre-determined patterns set by the coach. It’s an excellent warm-up exercise that will optimize the coordination and timing of passes, runs and plays made between your players.
Zoned Out, a soccer drill using eight players, specifically targets the development of a high degree of ball passing accuracy at both short and long distances on the field. The coach divides the field into four equal parts horizontally using cones and two inside lines spaced 20 yards apart running vertically through the middle of the field.
The goal is to kick or hard pass the ball and knock it into another player’s zone in order to eliminate them from the game. This helps players develop good control over their kicking power and makes for more accurate passes while playing.
This is a great warm-up exercise to conduct while coaching soccer. The classic one-on-one dribbling through gates drill is carried out by arranging a series of cone gates in a row a couple of yards apart. One player gets possession of the ball and dribbles it through as many cone gates as possible without losing possession, while a defending player tries to steal the ball away from him. This helps players to stay focused under pressure and maintain possession in tight situations.