Category Archives: Turning

Passing Warm-up


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Building Player Awareness

[from PlanItCoach and Box Soccer Training]

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Turn and Burn


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And here’s a still (easier to put into a practice plan). I think the one thing I tend to forget is that the defender stays in the middle and receives the next pass.

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Dick Bate – Man-marking Defending – Movement-Specific Conditioning

  • 3 players, 2 with balls in their hands 5 yards apart, 1 in the middle
  • The one in the middle moves between the two holders, touching the ball with his hand
  • Ball should be moved up and down by holders to vary position
  • Focus on quick movements, turning the hips, and strong first steps
  • Should not be shuffling, but turning and moving
  • 2 end players can shift their position to surprise the middle player: shift from side to side, from front to back, so that the player has to react to where the ball is quickly

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  • [could this be done as almost a beep-test kind of thing, or at least a timed activity to see how many touches a player can get in a fixed time?]
  • [this could also be done with four holders in a diamond with the middle player either moving a pattern or with the coach calling out numbers to get them to move randomly]
  • Players do quick feet (‘dance’)
  • Coach calls out left or right
  • Players turn in that direction, focusing on hips and first step
  • Players run to a fixed point (sprint of 10 or 15  yards)

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  • Initially attacking players ran too fast
  • Bate slowed them down, telling them to jog or even walk; focus on the change of speed
  • Focus is on the defenders, so defenders need to develop that quick first step to keep up with attackers as they change pace
  • Bate added the restriction that only one change of direction was allowed
  • Similar to the catch-the-defender game we already play (with a ball) but in this version no ball; a game of tag
  • Progression: two players have a ball in their hand; they are immune but can and should pass the ball to other players in trouble (this also develops communication)

Dribble Circuit [mine]

Came up with this one the other day (when we were on the softball field and didn’t have a net). Thought it worked pretty well. Was thinking / hoping of having a box at the end for more varied turns, but didn’t have the room for six of them (wanted to keep the lines small; only 3 or 4 per line):


  • Start on sideline, lines of 2-3 (at most 4) players.
  • Cone 10-15 yards in front.
  • Then 5-6 cones a yard or two apart (depending on skill level).
  • Then a final cone another 10-15 yards away.
  • Players start by sprinting with a ball to the first cone (with bigger touches for open field).
  • Then players zigzag through the cones.
  • Then players sprint to the far cone, turn, sprint back to the last cone, turn, sprint back to the last cone, turn, and sprint all the way back to their line.
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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Dribbling, No Goal Available, Turning


Concentric Circles First Touch Drill [from Champion Soccer School]

This one is a bit complex in terms of the picture, so I included the picture itself plus one with some illustrations to help.

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  • There are four concentric circles, each marked with a different color cone.
  • In this instance, from inside out, yellow, white, blue, green.
  • Players without a ball stand between blue cones (second to last circle) and players with a ball start inside the yellow circle.
  • Better in the beginning to have more players without a ball (between the blue) than with.
  • Players without a ball call for the ball.
  • Player with the ball make the pass and call out a cone color.
  • Players who receive the ball have to dribble around that cone color:
    • green, behind them, they have to open their hips and turn
    • white and yellow, in front of them, they receive and accelerate forward
  • Player who passed the ball takes the place between the blue cones of the player who received the ball and it cycles through.
  • Progressions:
    • Point out that the first touch to white and yellow should be different, that white, as a closer ‘defender’ should require a closer first touch while yellow, perhaps seen as ‘space’, should require a farther first touch.
    • Add in more servers in the middle to make both the dribbling and the finding of an open player more congested.
    • Have the passers not only call out a color but point to a specific cone around which the receivers should dribble.
    • Institute fitness penalties for mistakes (two balls to the same player, losing the ball in the middle, etc.).

Beating Someone with First Touch

MLS put out this nice compilation of skill from April, and saw this as a nice example of how to use first touch to beat a defender and set up your next move / play.

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