Free Soccer Coaching Info
Get started with the Dutch Soccer Coaching Method right here. You’ll be able to get a sense of just how great it is and how it can help your players and your team.
Free Dutch Coaching Drills! For Dutch-trained coaches, the exercises they use are important, but even more important is the process of observation and then COACHING the players through the exercises.
As Coach Harry Jansen points out in the Dutch Video Coaching Series, “An experienced coach can make a million exercises but it’s how you coach the players duing the exercise that makes all the difference.”
Focusing the players’ attention on the important details of each exercise is absolutely critical for player development.
One of the primary things to remember is to make the training relate to the game. For older, experienced players it’s more obvious for them to see the relationship, but for younger players, it’s very important to connect the dots for them. A Passing Exercise is not done simply to practice the technical aspects (although it’s an important component) but you must help the players realize how the movements of your exercise fit into the game. Bringing the exercise to life by helping players see how they will use the same techniques in a game, will give the exercise more meaning to them. In other words, they’ll be less likely to “just go through the motions” at your training session.
Enjoy an excerpt from an interview with Coach Terry Michler. With over 40 years of coaching High School soccer, Terry is truly a master of his craft.
(The full 1 1/2 hour interview is available in the Dutch Soccer Vision video series.)
Dutch Passing Drills (exercises) are one of the cornerstones of the Dutch Coaching Method. Because the Dutch style is based on quick and accurate ball movement, these Passing Exercises are some of the most important you can use at your training sessions. As you’ll come to learn, the Dutch Passing Exercises are infinitely flexible as you can create or adjust them to accomplish virtually every type of passing action that happens in the game.
You can work on Inside-of-the-Foot, Outside-of-the-Foot passing, First Touch with either the Inside or Outside of the foot, One-Touch, Two-Touch or even Three-Touch actions. You can even have the players use different body parts with balls in the air. The limitations for these type of Dutch Passing Drills is up to your own creativity.
As always, look to your games to decide what to work on at training. If players are struggling with One-Touch passing in the game, then work on One-Touch Passing at practice. It really is just that simple!