Amateur- and youth coaches know the challenge to create a high-quality and interesting training program. Simple, quickly arrangeable and highly variable Drills help to satisfy this aspiration.
Exactly for this challenge we designed ‘36 Drills in a Circle’. We want to enable you as a coach to organize your routines plainly and highly variable at the same time with the necessary depth to
coach in detail.
Layout: Heiko Schulte - Editor: Institute of Youth Soccer
Dear coaching colleagues,
Amateur- and youth coaches know the challenge to create a high-quality and for both players and coaches’ alike
interesting training program additional to their day to day job burden. Simple, quickly arrangeable and highly variable Drills help to satisfy this aspiration. Exactly for this challenge we
designed ‘36 Drills in a Circle’. We want to enable you as a coach to organize your routines plainly and highly variable at the same time with the necessary depth to coach in detail.
The Drills are separated into three sections:
Partially you will find content or coachings of a warm-up Drill in the chapter of training exercises, which allows you to
optimally combine these different exercises and Drills among each other.
A common problem for many coaches is the number of players, which drastically varies in short term. With Drills and
exercises in a circle, that challenge can easily be overcome: You either reduce or extend the circle, thus the involved number of players.
With this edition of ‘Practical Training Concepts’, we hope to not only present you concrete possibilities to design your
training, but to additionally inspire you to enlarge your knowledge beyond Drills within a circle. The presented Drills and exercises serve you as examples, which you should creatively vary
Enjoy reading, trying and varying,
Peter Schreiner & Steven Turek
Drill 09: Dribbling with Troublemaker (2)
Warm-Up in a Circle
Variation: The rules remain the same as before. If an outer player receives a ball in this variation, he must, before he is allowed to pass the ball, cross the center circle in a dribbling.
Create competition – Who performs the most dribbling’s in a given time across the center circle? (For each possession period, it is only possible to score one point).
Drill 15: Pass - Switch of Positions: Combination over 3 (1)
Exercising in a Circle
Organization:Six or more players position outside of the circle. One player has a ball on his feet, dribbles into the
circle. He randomly passes to a teammate (1) and receives the ball back one-touch (2). The ball is forwarded to a third teammate (3) and directly played into the forerun of the second player in the circle (4). The first player takes over the free position.
Coaching:Special focus must be payed to the distance between the combining players. The distance must be great enough and the combination over the third man takes place one-touch (in case of an
open body position) or with two touches (closed body position).
Variation: The passing sequence is determined by the coach’s commands.
Remark: Also in this variation, all combinations with colors, commands or troublemakers are possible.
Drill 36: Play Clock- and Counterclockwise
Drills in a Circle
Organization:The circle is split up into three equally sized fields. Outside the circle, two regular goals with goalkeepers and one mini-goal are set up. The
goalkeeper of the attacking team opens the play into the first third. Here, the attackers play three on one. They are challenged to reach the opposing goal counterclockwise to finish. If the ball
arrives into a new field, one attacker is allowed to follow. The defenders stay in their fields. If the defenders gain possession of the ball, they counterattack themselves on the regular goal.
If they successfully gain possession, the attacking-right switches. They can also counterattack onto the mini-goal midway in order to score.
Coaching:Players need to quickly recognize the situations, asses them and cleverly attack as well as defend.
Variations: To design the switch of the
attacking-right more easily, the two attackers become neutral players and support the ball-possessing team.
The coaches outside the field can introduce new balls at all times. If he does, the old ball is of no matter anymore and it is played on from the latest situation with the new ball.