Continuous control soccer drill

Try this soccer control drill and watch your players step up a gear in matches as they eliminate missed opportunities caused by poor control.

Soccer drill set up

This is a soccer drill focusing on continuous control skills - which part of the body your players use depends on how good their passing skills are.

Set up a 20m x 30m pitch with cones and have an 18m x 3m end zone that the players score into in a 3 v 3 game.

Player 1 serves the ball into player 2 in the central area of the pitch and joins in to support, as player 6 approaches to defend, player 2 passes across the pitch to player 3 who controls the ball and dribbles inside.

Player 1 now quickly changes direction and overlaps around player 3 who reverse passes to player 1 who now scores in the end zone.

image shows 3v3 game to practise control skills

Key soccer coaching tips for players

  • Try to receive the ball facing or turning to face your opponent.

  • Ensure good close control.

  • Stay composed with your head up so you can see.

  • Observe the positions of opponents and team mates before you get the ball. Try some one-touch passes.

  • Look for spaces behind opponents to attack.

  • Look for team mates in better positions than you.

By using this soccer drill you will be coaching your players to be skillful in controlling and passing the ball, and support play. It recreates match-like situations that you can use as your coaching blueprint.

 

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