Practice Guidelines for Coaches

Practice Guidelines
(Printable PDF can be downloaded at bottom of page)
Short Passing in Pairs: Use side of foot to pass and trap USE BOTH FEET!
  • Short throw to knee
  • Short throw to head
  • “Windshield Wiper” one player moves back and forth
Dribbling: Around cones by yourself
  • In pairs moving forward together, passing back and forth
Long passing / Hard shots: Use top of foot/laces
  • Practice trap from longer and harder pass
Shoot on Goal: Goalie: Let several players switch
  • (1) Ball Still
  • (2) After 1 or 2 dribbles
  • (3) Receive crossing pass from coach
Keep away / Magic Square: 1 on 4, or 2 on 5

Ball Dancing: Trade top foot without moving ball: “Hop and Stop” then faster
  • Sideways Roll - Easiest
  • Backwords Roll
  • Forward Roll - Hardest
Sideline Throw-Ins

Positioning: Offense, Midfield, Defense

Rules: Hand begins at shoulder
  • Fouls: Legal vs. Illegal contact
  • “Play On” - Play the advantage
  • Goal kicks - Teach safe clearing pass to side by full back, goalie stays in goal
  • Corner kicks
Scrimmage: Small games better, 3v3 or 4v4
Dennis Pace,
Sep 4, 2014, 12:09 PM