Soccer is in theory a very simple game, as illustrated by Kevin Keegan’s famous assertion that his soccer strategies for winning a match were to “score more goals than the opposition”. However, well-organized and well-prepared teams are often seen beating teams with supposedly more skillful players, even over time.

We built this guide to help modern day coaches with soccer practices, tips, and the basics of youth soccer coaching.

On our website you will discover a collection of 1000+ free drills and practices with printable text, graphics and video animation.

Also you can use our search tool and access the exercises by skill type or age group to narrow down your search results.

The site contains technical drills (dribblingpassingfinishingball controlheadinggoalkeepertactical (attackingdefendingpossession games) and along with other information related to coaching soccer. Print and/or download as much content as you like.

For reference, soccer technique refers to a player’s ability to perform specific mechanical movements such as kicking or trapping the ball. “Technique in soccer is always linked to the objectives of the game. It is, by definition, goal oriented. It is a means to an end.” The mark of an experienced player is smooth, efficient motion and the ability to elegantly transition between different soccer techniques and moves.

Soccer skills can be developed through repetition, observation or visualization and of course through soccer technique training. With regular soccer technique drills and soccer practice of specific movements or basic soccer techniques, the player builds confidence and the target motion becomes natural to him.

 

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Soccer Dribbling Drills

Dribbling

You’ve probably seen Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry or Cristiano Ronaldo dribble many times and admired the way in which they are able to run with the ball at their feet and beat players by using their skill and speed….

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Soccer Passing Drills

Soccer Passing

A good passing game is vital to being successful in soccer as it enables you to dictate the play by keeping possession, saves energy and as a result presents you with a better chance of scoring. Passing is about using good technique to quickly…

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Soccer Finishing Drills

Soccer Finishing

Soccer is known as a sport where scoring goals has great value and star players like Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney, Henry or Drogba have well mastered the skill of putting the ball into the back of the net. To learn and develop the skill of finishing…

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soccer attacking drills

Soccer Attacking

In order for a team to play up to its full potential, any good coach must teach how to attack and show what a team can do to maximize its chances of scoring. Everyone loves to score goals. But your team won’t score too many goals if the soccer…

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Soccer Defending Drills

Soccer Defending

Good defending is the cornerstone of every team that wins the majority of its games. It certainly will take pressure off the attack having to score and it also tends to make it less difficult to win if a team isn’t necessarily scoring goals only…

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Soccer Possession Drills

Soccer Possession

You have probably heard coaches say “Keep Possession!” and “Don’t Give the Ball Away!” Well, the one key to building a great team is being able to keep possession of the soccer ball during the course of a game, which often determines…

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Soccer Goalkeeping Drills

Soccer Goalkeeping

As the last line of defense and the first line of attack, the goalkeeper may be the single most important position on the field. The great influence of a goalkeeper’s performance for the outcome of the game usually puts the player in the middle…

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Soccer Heading

Regardless of your position on the field, your ability to head the ball may be the deciding factor that can win and lose games. When a soccer player is strong in the air he has a huge edge over his opponents. As soon as the ball…

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Drills - Ball Control

Soccer Ball Control

In today’s game of soccer spaces become tighter and the pace is higher. Getting and keeping the ball under control is an important skill a football player has to learn and in response to this, an essential skill a coach should teach players…

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Choose Soccer Drills Based On Player Age & Experience Level

Soccer Drills for 5-8 Year Olds

Soccer Drills for 5 to 8 Year Olds

At this age group young kids are just getting into the sport of soccer. Our drills are focused on the initial skills they will need to get accustomed to the game.

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Soccer Drills for 9 - 12 Year Olds

Soccer Drills for 9 – 12 Year Olds

As kids progress in the game of soccer we move onto slightly more organized drills that are designed to help young players understand some tactical elements.

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Soccer Drills for 13 to 16 Year Olds

We are really picking up the pace of learning and skills as kids hit teenage years. They have played soccer for a while and we want them to be more strategic.

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Soccer Drills for 17 & Above

Soccer Drills for 17 Year Olds & Above

At seventeen we’re talking about young adults. These drills and techniques are focused on advanced skills, tactics and techniques. A lot to dive into at this stage.

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