Soccer Practice

Soccer Practice Can Be Fun and Your Players Can Improve Twice as Fast

Soccer Practice Plans

Soccer Practice Drills and Videos

Soccer practice plans, fun "No Lines" drills, and a training program that really works for ages 3-18. Use our soccer practice drills and your players will improve Twice as Fast because they will get 3 times the touches on the ball. There are over 300 Testimonials and Success Stories from coaches at the link below.

Your soccer practice attendance will improve, practice will be lots more fun and your soccer team will improve much more quickly if you follow the tips listed below:

Things to Do at Soccer Practice::

  1. Be organized, have a practice plan and get to practice 10 minutes early to check the field and set up for your first Soccer Practice Drill.
  2. Be sure each child has a ball (tell each child to bring one, but bring some extras in case they forget).
  3. The key to improvement is "touches" on the ball. Ideally, every player should be active and never stand in line for the entire soccer practice. Try to plan your practice so each child will get at least 200 touches on the ball.
  4. The best way to teach your players is by using our No Lines Soccer Practice Drills. Our Practice Drills are much better than line drills or scrimmaging. A good soccer drill is one that is fun, that teaches skills, concepts, team play, or field awareness, where everyone is active, where there are lots of touches on the ball, and that is quick and easy to set up and simple to explain and manage. The very best No Lines Soccer Practice Drills, such as our Dribble Across A Square™ and Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race™ drills that are practice games, are self teaching, and players learn by playing the game. If you are spending too much time on set-up or instruction, simplify it. If it's not fun, it's not a good drill. There are thousands of drills and practice games available on the Internet, but less than 5% meet the criteria established by SoccerHelp. Try our No Lines Soccer Drills - most are original and copyrighted by us. They really work and your team will improve MUCH more quickly. You will notice the difference after just one practice. See the Testimonials and Success Stories for comments by coaches. We have spent hundreds of hours selecting, testing and refining the SoccerHelp No Lines Soccer Practice Drills.
  5. Encourage parents to bring players to practice on time.

Things to Avoid at Soccer Practice::

  1. Don't have players standing around watching or standing in lines while only a few practice with the ball (you won't be able to totally avoid this, but you can minimize it).
  2. Don't use old fashioned line drills if you can use SoccerHelp No Lines Soccer Practice Drills.
  3. Don't scrimmage too much. Only scrimmage for 10-15 minutes at the end of practice. SoccerHelp Practice Games are much more beneficial than scrimmaging. If you scrimmage, use the "Small Sided Scrimmage Without a Goalie" Practice Game in Soccerhelp Premium, it will teach all players to learn to defend and to work as a team to move the ball into scoring range. Large-sided scrimmages don't give each child enough touches on the ball (especially the less skilful or less aggressive players), don't allow you to practice specific skills or concepts, and can actually reinforce bad habits. In brief, they are not the best training method for recreational coaches. If you follow the SoccerHelp Program, your team will improve much more rapidly and play better as a team than a team that spends most of their practice time scrimmaging.

If you want to read more about this subject, try these related topics (these are links):

Why SoccerHelp Practice Games are better than drills

Things you need for a good practice (equipment, etc.)

Tips for good practices

Testimonials and Success Stories (youth coaches talk about the SoccerHelp program and how it has helped their teams)

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