Soccer Coaching Session Plan Timeline
Soccer coaching session plan is always made ahead of the training session.
I like to split up my training plan into 4 - 5 stages with different drills.
Training session is planned around one or two grids made out of cones, agility poles, hurdles, or agility ladders. As the training progresses, different pieces of equipment are put away.
This saves time progressing from drill to drill.
This soccer training session was organized and structured around ball control touches and various running soccer drills to get the players to move in different directions and different speeds.
Boys in training range from 8 - 13 years old and different soccer skill levels. I always encourage players to outwork their peers because hard work goes much further than talent.
Talent combined with hard work leads to another level of playing.
Juggling the soccer ball is one of my favorite soccer drills for kids. It's fun, repetitive and works on players' touches, coordination and creativity.
Juggling lets players compete against themselves as they try to get more and more juggles with consistent practice.
I encourage young players to keep juggling the soccer ball even after the ball hits the ground. It happens often in the game, so why not in training.
Hydration is very important and kids are reminded to drink water before they feel thirsty throughout the training session.
Juggling is followed with ball control soccer drills to improve touches, coordination and get more familiar with the surface of the ball.
My goal is to get the players to simply touch the ball and move around the grid I set up. Lots of touches lead to getting more familiar and skilled with the soccer ball, leading to more confidence on the field.
Players are encouraged to be creative with the soccer ball and try different skills and moves. Sometimes impossible does prove to be possible.
First stage of training is spent on touches, creativity and coordination. Players are fresh at the beginning of training and get more and more tired as the training progresses.
A lot of young players feel scared of the ball when it’s coming from the air.
Every soccer coaching session plan includes soccer drills to practice bringing down the soccer ball coming from the air.
This helps with players confidence and handling the soccer ball instead of being scared and covering their heads with their hands.
Players can use the inside of the foot, the outside of the foot, toes and thighs to trap the soccer ball and move with it.
We spend 5 to 10 minutes on this particular soccer drill during training.
Soccer coaching session plan includes having fun and taking shots on goal through various different situations, including air ball settle and shoot, first time shooting, give and go pass followed by a shot etc.
Shooting and game time is usually the most fun part of training for young soccer players.
I always make time for taking shots on goal and use this as a tool to get the most out of players during the tough and not so fun running exercises that don't include the soccer ball.
Each shooting soccer drill is done in reps of 4 using different game like situations to set up and take a shot.
Soccer is a sport that requires a lot of movement without the soccer ball as quick footwork and constant direction change plays a major part in this game.
This soccer training exercise gets the boys to move quickly and change direction often by shuffling their feet and moving their body in various different directions.
Proper form and hard work ethic is encouraged.
Using the same grid setup from the running exercise, players add more ball control touches as they dribble through the grid.
Players are encouraged to keep their touches close and try to touch the ball with every stride they make.
I let the players mess up and correct touches on their own.
Every soccer coaching session plan winds down with Core Strengthening exercises.
Core strength plays a very important part of becoming a complete soccer player.
There are so many different parts of the game that are greatly improved with core strength.
Boys always finish the soccer training session with planks and pushups, followed by game time.
Great way to get the strong core is to do planks and pushups every night before bed. Positive habits start at home.
Training should always be rewarded with fun. Boys train hard to build skills and play better in their games.
Game time is the fun part of the training session as every soccer player loves to play the game the most.
Boys play the last 20 - 30 minutes at the end of every soccer coaching session plan.
I use this time to pick up all the equipment and slowly bring the session to an end.