Drills From Pros

Drills Pros Use And You Should Too

Learn from the best and up your coaching game. Here are sessions used by past and current professional coaches and players that you can take to practice with your team today to have your players training like the pros.

Charlie Adam Combination Shooting Activity


Charlie Adam (Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Reading)

Peter Macdonald 2v1 and 1v1 Activity


Peter Macdonald (Scottish professional football player and coach, who currently plays as a striker for East Stirlingshire)

Nick Montgomery Full Team Attacking Conditioning Circuit Activity


Nick Montgomery (Assistant Manager for Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League. English-born Scottish professional footballer who formerly played for Sheffield United and other clubs.)

George Boateng Directional Possession Activity

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George Boateng (Former Dutch footballer who was a defensive midfielder for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Hull City and others. Currently coaches Aston Villa Under 18’s)

Dan Gosling Breaking the Lines Passing Activity

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Dan Gosling (English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth)

Kenny Miller Hit Spectacular Goals Shooting Activity

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Kenny Miller (Scottish professional football player and coach who plays for Partick Thistle. Miller, who plays as a striker, is one of only five post-war players to have played for both Rangers and Celtic.)

Kevin Nicholson Pre-Season Training Activities

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Kevin Nicholson (English professional footballer who has played for Notts County, Scarborough and was the player-manager of National League club Torquay United.)

Craig Fagan Understanding When to Switch Play and When to Keep Possession


Craig Fagan (Current under 23 coach at Southend United. Played in the Premier League for Birmingham City, Derby County and Hull City.)

Matt Taylor Skill Squad Cross and Finishing Activity

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Matt Taylor (English professional footballer and coach who most recently played as a midfielder for Swindon Town. He has previously played for Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and others)

Robert de Pauw Timing of Pass and Movement Activity

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Robert de Pauw (KNVB coach Nederlands elftal Mo17)

Anthony Johnson Third Man Runs from Midfield

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Anthony Johnson (Joint Manager, Chester Football Club)

Jay Spearing Running With Ball/Dribbling Activity


Jay Spearing (English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Blackpool. He has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Bolton and Liverpool.)

Julien Faubert 1v1 Fullback Defending Activity


Julien Faubert (French footballer who plays for Étoile Fréjus Saint-Raphaël and has represented both France and Martinique. He plays as a right winger or midfielder. Faubert started his footballing career in France with Cannes before moving to Bordeaux)

Luis Boa Morte Keep The Ball 3v1 Activity


Luis Boa Morte (Currently the Everton Assistant Manager. The Portuguese professional football coach and former player played as an attacking winger, forward and centre midfielder for Fulham, West Ham United and others. He also has been the manager of Sintrense and Portimonense (U23)).

Tony Pennock Penetration Into a 4v3 Overland Situation


Tony Pennock (Welsh former goalkeeper and current first team coach at Hull City)

John Welsh Shooting Activity


John Welsh (English footballer who plays as midfielder for Atherton Collieries. He was captain of the England under-20 team, and has been capped eight times for the under-21s. He represented England U20 at 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.)

Jamie O’Hara Possession With Crossing and Finishing Activity


Jamie O’Hara (English professional footballer who is player-manager for Billericay Town in the National League South. Former Midfielder for Tottenham, Wolverhampton Midfielder and others)

Nacho Novo Dribbling Sequence Activity


Nacho Novo (Spanish footballer, formerly with Rangers FC. Following his time at Rangers, he had several short spells at clubs in Spain, Poland, Scotland, England, the United States and Northern Ireland.)

Jonathan Beale 4v2 Passing Activity


Jonathan Beale (Hull City Uefa A Academy Manager. Prior to his arrival at the Tigers’ Academy, he worked at Swansea City’s Academy where he undertook a number of different roles within the Academy’s structure ranging from Foundation Phase Lead Coach to Head of Academy Coaching.)

Jess Fishlock 1v1 Defending Activity


Jess Fishlock (Welsh professional footballer and manager. She plays midfielder for Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the Wales national team.)

Robbie Fowler Finishing Game


Robbie Fowler (Ex Liverpool, Manchester City and England Player)

Stephen Warnock Crossing and Finishing Game


Stephen Warnock (Ex Liverpool, Aston Villa and England Player)

Peter Ramage 2v2 Possession Activity


Peter Ramage (Uefa A license and Assistant Coach at Phoenix Rising FC)

Brian Deane Switching Play 6 Goal Game


Brian Deane (Ex Sheffield United, Leeds United and England Player. He is currently the owner of Football Superleague of Kosovo side Ferizaj. His most recent managerial position was as the manager of the Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08.)

Graham Stack Handling and Deflation Drill


Graham Stack (Professional football former player and coach, who is currently the head of academy goalkeeping at Watford. Stack played as a goalkeeper for Arsenal, Beveren, Millwall, Reading, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and others.)

Robbie Blake Shooting Combination Activity


Robbie Blake (Former English footballer and current coach at Bognor Regis Town. Blake made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League playing for Bradford City, Nottingham Forest, Burnley, Birmingham City and others.)

James Shan Possession Box Activity


James Shan (English football coach who was most recently manager of Championship club West Bromwich Albion)

David Weir Defending The Cross Activity

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David Weir (Ex Everton, Rangers And Scotland footballer)

Chris Kirkland GK Distribution Activity

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Chris Kirkland (Former Goalkeeper for Liverpool, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic and more. As a player, he made 321 league and cup appearances in an 18-year professional career from 1998 to 2016, and won one cap for the English national team in 2006.)

Steve Walsh Defending Set Pieces Game

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Steve Walsh (Ex Leicester City, Wigan, Norwich, Tamworth and Coventry City Player)

Kevin Davies Quick Fire Shooting Game


Kevin Davies (Ex England, Chesterfield, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Millwall, Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End Player)

James Rowberry Transition Possession Activity


James Rowberry (Uefa PRO License Holder and Cardiff City Assistant Coach)

Scott Rogers Finishing + Combination Activity


Scott Rogers (UEFA A Licence Coach and Academy Coach at Blackburn Rovers FC)

Billy Sharp 1v1 Attacking v Defending Activity


Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)

Brian Jensen Smothering Reaction GK Activity


Brian Jensen (Former Danish professional goalkeeper. He played more than 300 games for Burnley and West Bromwich Albion)

Darren Kelly Passing Sequence Activity


Darren Kelly (Uefa Pro License Coach and Manager of Hyde United FC)

Carlton Cole Shooting Activity


Carlton Cole ( Ex West Ham and England Professional Footballer and now technical academy coach at West Ham)

Danny Grainger Defending the Cross and 2nd Phase


Danny Grainger (Uefa A license coach and former English footballer who played as a left back.)

Clint Hill Passing Drill


Clint Hill (Ex Pro Footballer and Fleetwood Town Assistant Manager)

Brandao Two Goal Shooting Activity


Brandão (Former Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazilian Striker)

Paul Konchesky Shooting Link Up Activity


Paul Konchesky (English professional footballer who last played as a left back for East Thurrock United. He has previously played for Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham, Liverpool and others)

Justin Hoyte Opening Up and Dribbling Activity

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Justin Hoyte (Professional footballer. Hoyte previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Dagenham & Redbridge, as well as American side FC Cincinnati.)


Four Small-Sided Games from Juan Angel Piñero

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Juan Angel Piñero (Head Fitness Coach Guangzhou Academy U17 to U15, Formerly Real madrid Castilla 15-16 & Real Madrid U19 2010-15)