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Self-Directed Soccer

A training plan that teaches young players to learn and love the game

Young players usually sharpen their skills between the ages of 6 and 14. This skill building is essential for both soccer success and enjoyment of the game. But skills come with repetition that can bore or discourage your players. To counter this, PlaySportsTV offers a comprehensive training plan that mixes soccer fun and fundamentals in both individual and team practice routines. Combine this plan with coach and parent encouragement and supervision, especially at its beginning, and you’re on your way to helping players love the game by playing it better. The plan comes complete with downloadable training notes and coaching tips for each drill.



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Table of Contents

Passing Drills
  • Introduction to Passing Drills
  • Passing Accuracy
  • One-Touch Turn Pass Drill
  • Gates Drill
  • Tennis Game
  • Touch to Smash Ball
Ball Control Drills
  • Introduction to Ball Control Drills
  • 1 v. 1 Dribble
  • Catch Control on the Move
  • Catch Control Pass
  • Control Accuracy
  • Dribble to Target
  • Heading
  • Juggling
  • Control with Turn
Net Skills
  • Introduction to Net Skills
  • 1 v. 1 Arc Game
  • Bending the Ball
  • Dribble to Power Shot
  • Finishing
  • Nets Game
  • Tight Kick Rapid Fire
  • Volley/Bouncing Balls
Skill Games and Drills
  • Introduction to Skills Games and Drills
  • Lift Ball in the Air
  • Shooter-Keeper Game
  • Soccer Quoits Game
  • Wall Chipping
  • Wall Touches
  • Curb Pop Up Play

About the Coach

The Coach

Charlie Inverso serves as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Coach Inverso was a longtime head soccer coach at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey and compiled a 434-46-14 record en route to winning five National Junior College Athletic Association championships. Four times, Inverso was the NJCAA Coach of the Year and inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006.