The art of pinning

Coach your players to use their bodies to peg back, pin and manipulate a defender in order to gain more time and space, for both themselves and the team. MORE


This game is focused mainly on the attacking process so it encourages use of all of the main strengths of the attackers, including their pace and skill. It’s really all about scoring a goal as quickly as possible, and with a time-limited opportunity to score. MORE

Improve possession to penetrate

Through a series of activities, this session stresses the importance of combination play, both in the central midfield and out on the wings, and it encourages players to change the point of attack with clever switches of play. MORE

Attacking with forward runs

Exploiting space and getting behind the opposition defence is a great way to create scoring opportunities. This session is designed to encourage players to make forward runs without the ball, in order to break the last line of defence. MORE

Finding the spare man

This session focuses on finding the spare man in central areas. It allows for controlled, patient possession, with the belief that if a team dominates the space in the middle of the pitch just outside the penalty area it can dominate the game! MORE

Defending as a back four unit

Get your back four working as a unit, whilst developing a clear understanding of defensive roles. This will create a solidity that is difficult for opposition teams to penetrate, meaning attackers can only create chances by doing something really special. MORE

Creating overloads in defence

Get your defenders creating 2v1s at the back to restrict the attacking threat. You want to see them efficiently and effectively closing down opponents in winning the ball, negating space between the lines. MORE


Pressing is important in all areas of the pitch. In this session we look at pressing technique, the relationships between players, and the value of winning the ball in different areas, with an emphasis on turning over possession and creating onward goalscoring chances. MORE

Playing through midfield

Playing through midfield with confidence and precision is vital for any team - use this session to coach players how to receive, pass and work space, linking defence with attack. MORE

Possession and retention

The ability to hold the ball in midfield areas is crucial to any side as gaining control of the midfield often equates to gaining control of the game, so this is a session that should be practised often. MORE

Keeper match day warm-up

Make sure your keeper is properly warmed up for a match, both mentally and tactically – after all, his or her first task might be to receive a bouncing back pass! MORE

Keeper’s kicking drill

The platform for success often starts with a comfortable and confident goalkeeper, which is why this practice is designed to enhance the composure of goalkeepers when they have the ball at their feet. It uses situations that vary in space, time and pressure to test ability and decision-making skills. MORE

Goalkeeping 1v1

A goalkeeper must be quick to deal with a 1v1 situation. Not just quick footed, but quick thinking too. This training session creates just the kind of 1v1 situations needed to rehearse the skills and decision-making needed to deal with an oncoming opponent. MORE

Running in behind

Use this exercise to practise simple movements that are related to improving a player’s awareness of space, developing game intelligence, and encouraging players to understand when, and how, to make runs in behind the defence. MORE

Support play and swapping roles

Encourage players to problem solve and find space with this session, which is formed of four different game scenarios. The practice offers lessons in how players can really work positional flexibility to their advantage. MORE

Finding the free player

Do you find that your team has most of the ball yet finds it difficult to break through in the final third? Use this session to get your players retaining possession and finding players in key positions. MORE

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