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Practice Plan

A Comprehensive Guide for Soccer Coaches Practice Plan

Coaches, planning your practice sessions in advance is crucial for effective coaching. This guide offers a basic structure and some example drills to get you started.

Basic Structure

For a more detailed breakdown of how to structure your practice, see Practice Structure.

Sample Structure

Incorporate water breaks as needed.

  1. Warm-Up (5 minutes)

    • Light jogging and dynamic stretching.
  2. Skill Development (10 minutes)

    • Focused drills on dribbling, passing, or shooting.
  3. Tactical Training (10 minutes)

    • Team formations and game situations.
  4. Game Simulation (30 minutes)

    • Small-sided games or scrimmages.
  5. Cool Down & Review (1 minutes)

    • Review the skills and lessons learned during practice.


Dribbling Drills

  • Cone Dribbling: Set up a series of cones and have players dribble through them.
  • 1v1 Duels: Players face off in a small area, trying to dribble past each other.

Passing Drills

  • Triangle Passing: Three players pass the ball in a triangle formation.
  • Crossing and Finishing: Players practice crossing the ball into the box and finishing with a shot on goal.

Defensive Drills

  • Zonal Marking: Practice defending set pieces like corners and free-kicks.

By following this practice plan structure and incorporating these example drills, youโ€™re setting your team up for success both in practice and in games.