Beginner Level - Major League Soccer
1. Rules of the Game
The rules of soccer come in the form of 17 laws from world governing body FIFA. Getting to know them is the basis for any developing player.
2. First Touch
It’s hard to say what's the most important skill for a soccer player to possess, but it could very well be a good first touch on the ball. In order to improve a player's ability to receive the ball first-touch drills are essential.
The best soccer players in the world can control the ball when sprinting at full speed and avoiding defenders. Here we set the basis of the dribbling skills that will later allow a player to create space and time when they are most needed.
4. Striking the Ball
Developing a player's instincts through soccer shooting drills builds the foundation to necessary take advantage of scoring opportunities whenever they present themselves.
Having good balance will give you a subtle edge on the soccer field—one that could make all the difference in that critical moment where your team really needs you to come through.
Coordination is the basis of success in sports. Several muscles are needed to enable the body to perform soccer movements properly, quickly, powerfully and enduringly, and the beginner level coordination drills focus on preparing those muscle groups for a safe and competitive performance.
7. Winning the Ball
Players who consistently win 50/50 balls are a very important part of any team because the team that is “winning the ball” is inevitably the team that is winning more games. In the beginner level drills focused on winning the ball we learn the basics of how to get the ball away from the other team and into our possession.
8. Push Pass
The instep or push pass is a common pass used in soccer. Here we focus on learning this basic but very important skill that builds teamplay and cooperation between players.
9. Receiving a Ball
The perfect pass will not do much good if it isn't received properly. In combination with the Passing Drills players will hone their passing and communication skills through Receiving Drills.
10. Skill Moves
Designed to trick and out-maneuver defenders, skill moves are an essential part of a players repertoire. The Cut, Matthews, Reverse Matthews and Rivelino are a few of the skill moves we will be covering at this level.
Intermediate Level - Champions League
1. First Touch Away from Pressure
A good first touch is controlling the soccer ball out in front of you, and not right under your feet so you have to take another touch before you make the pass. Of course, it's also about not controlling the ball too far away.
2. First Step – Accelerate
Speed training sessions play a major role in our training. Speed in soccer can be quite complex. It certainly entails more than just running fast. So, one goal of your soccer speed training schedule is to increase your sprinting power - particularly your acceleration and speed off the mark.
3. Dribbling to Maintain Possession
One key to building a great team is being able to keep possession of the soccer ball during the course of a game, which often determines the success or failure of a team. If your team has the soccer ball you are more likely to score and the other team cannot possibly score without it. Besides that possession gives a team a psychological advantage and conserves energy as your opponent works harder by chasing the ball.
100 feet straight ahead sprint is not the only way to assess an athlete's speed.There is a difference between quick and fast. Lateral speed and agility work is paramount for an athlete in any sport. The best athletes have a combination of both quick and fast characteristics and both elements must be trained.
5. Heading Shooting
Heading the ball is now a vital part of playing the game from both a defensive and offensive point of view. Soccer Headers require good hand-eye coordination in order to hit the ball at the right moment and as accurately as possible
Good defense is all about keeping the ball in front of you and forcing them to put their head down so they can't make a pass. Here you will learn how to focus on keeping the player in front of you and how to not rush in to win the ball right away.
7. Advanced Skill Moves
We build on the basic skill moves to move on to more advanced ways of out-maneuvering our opponents.
8. Organization, then Creativity
Soccer is and always will be a team sport, first and foremost. Organization is a team's ability to coordinate and work together efficiently. Individual creativity can only benefit the team if it is supported by strong organization.
9. Chipping a Pass
Playing a big ball across the field or in behind the backs or even on goal - the chip is a skill every great player has.
10. Volleying a Shot
A volley is an air-borne strike where a player's feet meets and directs the ball in an angled direction before it has time to reach the ground. A volley can be extremely hard to aim and requires good foot-eye coordination and timing but in turn is one of the most useful skills, especially on the offensive.
Advanced Level - World Cup
1. First Touch – Create Space and Time
Football is a game of opposites and, therefore, having funneled back to restrict space and win the ball the first requirement in attack is to spread out and create space by stretching the opposition from side to side.
2. Speed – Acceleration and Pace
After achieving a good sprinting power a second, and equally important, goal is to increase your speed endurance or "anaerobic endurance". Soccer players rarely sprint more than 50 yards in a straight line but they have to do it often over the course of a single game.
3. Dribbling to Beat an Opponent
Here we focus on 1 vs. 1 drills for beating a single opponent using dribbling techniques. We will also be learning dribbling moves and polishing the technique at game pace.
4. Plyometrics – Explosiveness
Research has shown that a muscle stretched before contraction will contract more forcefully and rapidly and that is basically what plyometric exercises do. Here we learn how to use plyometric exercises to improve our explosiveness.
5. Receiving Balls in the Air
Four body surfaces - the instep, thigh, chest, and head - are commonly used for receiving and controlling balls arriving through the air depending on the flight trajectory of the ball and the position of nearby opponents. In all situations you must be able to receive and control the ball skillfully and, if an opponent is nearby, protect the ball as you do so.
6. Strength – Resistance and Weight Training
Absolute strength is the maximum force that a muscle group can exert in single, momentary contraction. In soccer, good maximal strength is beneficial for holding off opponents and shielding the ball. More importantly, it also forms the foundation of muscular speed and power.
7. Possession with a Purpose
Nothing should happen without purpose during a match, every action should go towards one of the main goals: 1. Gain possession of the ball, 2. Move the ball, 3. Penetrate the opponents defending final third, 4.Generate a shot taken 5. that ends up on target and 6. Gets past the keeper.
8. Penetrating a Defense
Pulling a part a defense either horizontally or vertically is the penultimate goal of any team and the biggest obstacle towards scoring. Here we learn and practice techniques to get past the enemy team's defense.
9. Four Pillars of the Game
Psychological Qualities, Technical Prowess, Tactical Knowledge and Physical Performance are the four pillars of the game and we will address each of them in detail to teach you how to continue to grow as a player.
10. Fair Play – the Spirit of the Game
Playing fairly and respecting the rules, officials and your opponents will always make you a better player and a better person. The concepts of the spirit, intent, and interpretations of the Laws of the Game of soccer are also discussed.