Soccer coaching game race to block

The Race to Block soccer coaching game works on reactive speed and forces your soccer players to work at match speed in order to be successful.

To set up this soccer coaching game, mark out an area 25 yards square with three poles, three balls and one goal.

Soccer coaching game to encourage defenders' reactive speed
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Run soccer coaching game

  • Split your players into two lines with one line acting as defenders and one line as the attackers.
  • The players pass the ball back and forth. On your whistle, they quickly run around their poles.
  • The attacker must then shoot first time and the defender must try to clear the ball or block the shot.

What to call out

  • “React.”
  • “Get in line with the ball.”
  • “Stop the shot.”

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