Category Archives for Drills/Exercises

3-3-2 for 9v9 Game

In this week's Animated Drills Video Matthew Carroll shares a small-sided game that teaches players their roles in the formation.  The diagram is created with the Academy Soccer Coach

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Taking Goalkicks to a Zone

In this week's Animated Drills Video, Matthew Carroll shares his thoughts on taking goalkicks to a zone and not to individual players. The diagram is created with the Academy Soccer Coach

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Training a Functional First Touch

In this week's Animated Drills Video, Matthew Carroll shares a drill to train the all-important functional first touch. The diagram is created with the Academy Soccer Coach software. See

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Combination Play to Switch the Field

In this week's Animated Drills Video, Matthew Carroll shares a drill to train combination play to switch the field of play. The diagram is created with the Academy Soccer Coach software. See

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Attacking From Wide Areas

In this week's Animated Drills Video, Matthew Carroll shares a drill to train attacking from wide areas. The diagram is created with the Academy Soccer Coach software. See more at w...

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Rondo to Train the Covering Defender

In this week’s Animated Drills Video, Matthew Carroll shares a rondo that will help train your players on the first defender, the covering defender and also passing and possession. The diagram is

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8 v 5 Formation Possession Game

In this week’s Animated Drills Video I’ll show you a video of an activities that I first shared in episode 252 of the CoachingSoccerWeekly.com podcast. It focused on different ways to train

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7 v 7 Breakout Game

In this week’s Animated Drills Video I share a game I used with one of my teams to help them find ways to get in behind their opponent and create goal scoring opportunities. It’s a game that

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3 v 3 Game with Defensive Focus

In this week’s Animated Drills Video I share a 3 v 3 game that focuses on defensive principles. I used it because I wanted to go over these ideas with my players but I wanted to do it in a fun, game-like

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5 v 5 Four Goal Game for the ‘Central Block’

In this week’s Animated Drills Video I share a game that I use to work with the five players in the center of the formation. The 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 are a unit of players that need to have a good understanding.

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