Bank robbers is a fun invasion style game for youth soccer players to work on dribbling, quickness, and agility.
Close the space is a drill primarily designed to improve defensive pressure in midfield. However, it can also be used with more of an offensive emphasis to help players work on getting away from their defender and finding space.
The Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid drill is a simple way to incorporate two contrasting styles of play in one training session. The team emulating Barcelona strives to keep possession of the ball where as the team representing Atletico Madrid must counter attack quickly to be successful.
Possession to wide players is a great drill for players to work on keeping the ball under pressure, distributing to wingers, and finishing crosses.
2v1 pick a side is a simple finishing drill that gives players an opportunity to work on delivering quality through passes and tucking away their chances in front of goal.
Wide attack in waves is a simple drill to get wingers involved on offense and practice creating goal scoring chances from the wide areas.
Win the ball to counter is a fun and competitive drill to help players go forward quickly as soon as they win the ball.
When it comes to world football, perhaps no team has a more iconic style of play than FC Barcelona. The culture within the Spanish club is truly fascinating from the massive success of the first team all the way down to it’s youth academies. It’s no coincidence that players like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta are products of the Barcelona youth system. Whether or not you’re a Barcelona fan, I believe anyone can admire the clubs unique ability to develop talent and produce consistently strong results.
Counter attack with fullbacks is a fun game for players to practice going forward quickly as soon as their team wins the ball. This game works especially well when fullbacks get involved in the attack by making forward runs.
Swarm the ball carrier is an excellent drill to help players work on aggressively pressing an attacker to try to win the ball back. This drill was inspired by Barcelona’s six second rule. When Barcelona lose the ball, the nearest two or three players apply immediate pressure for six seconds because this is when the opposition is most vulnerable to lose it. If the team can’t win it back in six seconds, they drop into an organized defensive structure.