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McDonald's coaching drills

Expert tips and skills, whatever your level

Quality coaching is an important part of a grassroots player's development, so we've teamed up with our Head of Coaching, Eric Harrison and McDonald's Ambassador Gary Neville to present you a range of coaching drills.

Whether you’re brand new to coaching, or have started your journey up the coaching ladder – there will be something here to suit you!

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Master the basics

Gary’s simple coaching practises to help players improve at any level.

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Drills with Gary Neville

Three top tips for passing and receiving the ball, from the England First Team coach.

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Meet Eric Harrison

McDonald’s Head Coach Eric Harrison talks about his long career in coaching and his work with Manchester United’s legendary ‘class of ‘92’.

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Preparation

Eric explains the importance of preparing coaching sessions and equipment in advance.

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Passing

Making the perfect ground pass to the receiver’s good foot helps keep the team moving.

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Control

Working in pairs to develop the ‘inside, outside, pass’ ball control technique.

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Striking the ball

Giving players the confidence to strike the ball well is the foundation of many football skills.

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One-touch football

Eric takes inspiration from Barcelona to develop instant passing and control.

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Pass and move

Teach players to take the ball into space with their first touch, and find space to get it back.

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Support play

Using tight grids to develop spatial awareness and moving in support of team mates.

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Game situations

After the basic skills, Eric shows how to recreate a competitive game situation in training.

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Scoring goals

The pass, the movement, the shot – the essential parts of a beautiful goal. Eric uses a three-goal setup to add to the fun!

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Penetration

Help players to keep calm and strike cleanly when they’re through on goal.

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Attack vs Defence

Players learn how to beat an opponent in a tight 2v2 situation, or stop an opponent from beating them.

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One-on-one

Teaching the techniques for losing a defender and finishing from close range.

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Team play

Developing intelligence and teamwork in a fast-moving three-goal game.