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How to avoid waiting time in your soccer shooting drills

I think most soccer coaches have seen the soccer shooting drill which is shown below in a training session. All players have a ball, they pass the ball to a player in front of the goal, they get the ball back and can shoot on goal. They collect their ball and get back in line and have to wait about 2-4 minutes for their next turn.

Clearly, waiting times like this is not something you want to see in your soccer drills. But, on the other hand, every player likes shooting drills, so you want them to your session. In this article I will give you some ideas to deal with larger number of players in your shooting drills.

This is not something you want to see in your soccer shooting drills

The first important tip is that in the exercise above, you – as a soccer coach – can never be the blue player, because the blue player is getting the most touches of all people on the field. You want to improve your players (and not yourself), therefore the blue player has to be a player. Of course it is a good idea to swap the blue player every 2-3 minutes.

Dribbling through cones
To avoid waiting time, you can put cones in the way as shown in the diagram above. Instead of just collecting the ball and get back in line you tell players to dribble as fast as they can through the cones as possible. This way you also improve the dribbling skills of your players. It is important to challenge players in the dribbling, because otherwise the dribbling has no effect.

Two goal shooting
If you have the luxury of having 2 (or more’ goals, you can add another goal to split the group. If you don’t have 2 goalkeepers, it is no problem to put a player on goal and switch that player regularly. After shooting twice on the left goal, you go to the right goal and the other way around. This way every player will shoot twice as much as the original situation.

Possession game
Another possibility to avoid waiting times is to split the group in 2 and let the other group perform a simple drill. In this diagram a number of players play a possession game (e.g. 4 versus 1 in the diagram above) and the other players are performing the soccer shooting drills. After a set time the groups swap.

More passes before shooting
In the drill above we have changed the shooting drill a bit. We added 2 extra cones and have put 2 players at each cone. The first ball is played as in the diagram above and all players move up one position. While the first ball is still in play, we already start with the second ball. We can continue quickly, because at every cone there are 2 players. In this drill players won´t shoot more than in the original drill, but they will not have to wait in line all the time.

I hope that with this article I have given you some ideas to avoid waiting time in your soccer shooting drills. Especially with soccer shooting drills it is good to pay attention to it. Of course, there are a lot more possibilities.

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25+ top soccer passing drills

Every coach is always looking for ideas for new soccer drills for their training session. This article will give an overview of more than 25 top soccer passing drills which you can use in your training session. Not all drills will be suitable for your team, but I am sure you will find some that will improve the passing skills of your team!

Players: 2
Age categories: U15

Players: 10-12
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15, U13

Players: 22
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: 16
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15

Players: 16
Age categories: Adults, U19

Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: 8
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: > 2
Age categories:

Players: 6
Age categories: Adults

Players: 3
Age categories: U19

Players: 5
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17, U15, U13, U11, U9

Players: > 2
Age categories:

Players: 2-12
Age categories: U13, U11, U9

Players: 8-12
Age categories: Adults, U19, U17

Players: 20
Age categories: Adults

Players: 20
Age categories: Adults

Players: 20
Age categories:

Players: > 2
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Players: 10
Age categories: Adults


Soccer passing drills in 7 different shapes

If you are looking for variations of soccer passings drills for your training session, there are a lot of possibilities. In this article we cover several shapes you can use to offer your players new and challenging soccer passing drills every training session.

The first shape is the shape I covered in my last article, the Y-shaped passing exercise. This is one of the most popular soccer drills for improving passing.

Y shape passing drill Basic
The second shape is passing using a square. It is very easy to set up and you can start very quickly. Some coaches claim that you shouldn’t play too many straight passes, but it is still a very good soccer passing drill.

Soccer passing drills in a square

To avoid passing straight, you can use the triangle for one of your soccer passing drills. Below is an exercise which is done a lot by Louis van Gaal of Manchester United. This exercise is also still performed by the Dutch National team, even now Guus Hiddink is the new coach.

Soccer passing drills in a triangle

If you make the square longer on one side, you will get a rectangle, as shown in the diagram below. In the drill shown below we use two passes of about the same length, but you can position the center player closer or further away to match the style you play in.

Soccer passing drills in a rectangle

Using circles as one of your soccer passing drills is possible too. In the diagram below I give a possibility to use the circle as the shape for your drill. Please make sure you have enough players for this passing drill, because otherwise players will spend too much time waiting for the next ball.

Soccer passing drills in a circle

The final soccer passing drill in this article is maybe the most basic one, but it is very easy to set up and perfect for using as the first passing drill of your session. Of course there are several variations to this drill possible as well.
Soccer passing drills in a line

More soccer passing drills

In this article I gave you several shapes to use as one of your soccer passing drills.
Because each shape can again be done in several varations, so this will give you tens of new soccer passing drills.

Further reading
Y-shaped soccer passing drills variations
50+ soccer passing drills

Y shape soccer passing drill Variation 1

Y-shape passing drill Variation 1

Y shape soccer passing drill Variation 1

– We set the cones in the shape of an Y.
– At both far cones we have a player without the ball
– Two players without a ball at the middle cone
– All other players at the starting cone with a ball.
– The ball is passed to the center player, who passes the ball back to the starting player.
– The starting player passes the ball to the player at the far cone, who controls the ball and dribbles at speed back to the starting position.
– Each player moves up one position. The next ball will go the left, etc.