Category Archives: Drills

Warm Up

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  • Run down length of cones both feet in gap between each cones x2
  • Repeat Sideways left and Rightx2
  • Side step through cones x2
  • Backwards Sidestep x2
  • Sprint length of cones x1
  • Reaction Sprints 360 Degree
  • Rondo/Passing/Sequence Passing

Recently left a club where I was lead coach of a u13s group. Above was the warm up routine that I used on a weekly basis. Might prove to be useful.

Player Made

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Something made by a young player, impressive work.


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Just an idea, a few years ago I came across a couple of players that almost had an obsession with the F2 freestylers, couple of guys that have made some success out of some demos of some nice technical ability. The idea was that I was working with a younger group and to inspire I got an older player in to pick out a skill, offer a demo then allocate some time out of your training session for these younger players to practice this. This from a coaching perspective gives you the opportunity to observe the psychological aspect of your players, who can offer that extra determination in terms of getting better, who can be inspired and so on. If the idea pays off you should potentially see your group maybe trying those skills out on the pitch.


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This would be one that is used pretty often, I have created a nice illustration to show what I am talking about. The layout is approx 30 by 30 (the white cones)

2 teams of 4 within the box (red and yellow) the simple rule is that team in possession of the ball can use the players on the outside making it 8v4.

The Master of Football

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Quick share this afternoon, the guy in video claims its for use during the summer to keep you sharp. Ignore that.

Waving to Football

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Another routine that worked out quite nicely for me, highly flexible also.

Staring off set yourself a shuttle running layout – please comment if you are unaware of what this is. Second layout is a pool of footballs

Split your group into 2 teams one with bibs, start with having one team attack vs defence. In order to keep the intensity of the routine up ensure the pool of footballs is accessed immediately once the active ball leaves the pitch. When you run out of footballs get the 2 teams to go and start the shuttle running, afterwards switch the attacking team to defending and vice versa – once completed do another set of shuttle runs.

The ideal outcome to this is to develop an intensity to the playing, along with improving a level of fitness.

One Versus One

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Back to actually writing about football!

Layout – Split your group roughly half and half. One group at the right post, the other group at the left (white cones) have your yellow cones roughly 70 steps directly in front of each group, have a football where the red cone is.

Action – Have a player from each group start simultaneously, sprint out to yellow cone then attempt to gain possession of the ball, objective is to score.

Result – Speed, agility and possession.

Progressions – Have ladders between post and yellow cone.

Change to 2v2.

Fresh Material

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Done some reorganizing and rewriting to keep the standard of text up, obviously the main focus of the blog is to offer up some dedicated ideas to coached looking to source in some new material, so I have also added a page dedicated to such a cause so head here to tap into said category.


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Over time I have learned that there are 2 elements to coaching, delivery and the tools available. Your job is to create the tools and deliver them effectively. For a long time I had a major problem with the delivery aspect, in order to solve that problem I put together this formula.

Three steps for each drills. First being what do you need for that drill in terms of kit and people.

Second – Explain the action in the drill.

Third – Point of the routine, what do we learn from that exercise.


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Based on 10 players we will have 2 rondo boxes 7×7


Split the players into 5 and 5 – create a 4 v 1 in each rondo box – time the routine to 1 minute each and leave balls around the parameter of the boxes to ensure the players have free access to footballs. This assists in terms of the intensity.


Moving the ball quickly, player movement to find space.