Category Archives: Positioning

Inside – Outside Passing Game

I would progress this where, initially time is given for the team’s to switch and then the switching has to be done on the fly.

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Defensive Pressure

Just thought of this one myself. We had some issues getting out of the back quickly enough, and I was looking at various transition games. This isn’t quite transition but might make a good first step. (And I forgot to add the ball to the illustration.)

  • grid maybe 20 x 15 with evenly spaced cones along the sideline
  • 3 v 2 (or similar; numbers are variable), each starting on opposite lines
  • defenders serve to attackers
  • attackers’ goal is to dribble across the opposite line
  • but they get a point for each sideline cone they pass (so, say, the full goal is worth 4)
  • should / hopefully focus on speed of attack and speed of defending / organizing because the attackers start scoring quickly
  • emphasize that attackers should not attack in straight lines only
  • defenders can attack the opposite goal if they win possession

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Passing Warm-up


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The Importance of Positional Discipline [Annotated Video]

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4 v 4 First Touch Game

I might want to include a crease in front of the goals; I can see the defenders, especially if their not live-defending, just parking themselves in front of goal, but otherwise I like it.

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Coaching Defenders in a 3-5-2 [from The Coaching Manual]

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Breakaway Basics for Goalies (SCCC 2016, Raber)


  • Begin with still ball on the ground with goalie behind and ward in front
  • Forward fakes a shot
  • Goalie collects ball
  • Keep ball on ground
  • Elbows slightly bent for strength
  • Top arm in front of head for protection (if actual forward kicks through, she kicks arm and not face)
  • Next, goalies have player maybe 10 yards away
  • Goalies begin with ball and roll ball to player
  • Goalies follow ball, staying low, and staying big
  • Next, field players maybe 20 yards from goal with coach as server
  • Coach serves ball toward goalie and field player chases ball
  • Begin with easy balls for goalie to collect; not breakaways 
  • Progress with tighter and tighter balls
  • Keepers should be calling out Keeper
  • Angle and weight should be varied
  • Next, serves come from the side, almost parallel to the goal mouth
  • Progression: add a group on the opposite side; goalie makes the save and distributes to the opposite side