The following drill comes from Tony DiCicco and was presented at the Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic. Find out more about the Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic.
This drill, which is like a half-court basketball game, focuses on strengthening communication as well as scoring in traffic.
Field size 70 yards wide x 30 yards long
6 players defend 3 goals and attack 3 other goals
Goalkeepers can serve 2 functions:
- Can be a backpass from a teammate to put the ball back into play (2 touch restriction)
- Can communicate to help organize the defense. This is the key role for the goalkeeper in this game
Key Coaching Points
Establish a glossary of terms for the goalkeeper:
SLIDE - When the ball is moving laterally across the field, the keeper most move defenders.
JIM - WEAK SIDE - When the ball is on one side of the field, the other side is vulnerable. The keeper must use a players name and organize the weak side (side without the ball)
CONTAIN - When a player is closing an attacker, contain coaches the defender not to dive in for the tackle but to pressure and contain.
CLOSE - Use with a specific name but to move in and pressure the 1st attacker without getting beat.