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!
Master the basics
Gary’s simple coaching practises to help players improve at any level.
Drills with Gary Neville
Three top tips for passing and receiving the ball, from the England First Team coach.
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’.
Eric explains the importance of preparing coaching sessions and equipment in advance.
Making the perfect ground pass to the receiver’s good foot helps keep the team moving.
Working in pairs to develop the ‘inside, outside, pass’ ball control technique.
Striking the ball
Giving players the confidence to strike the ball well is the foundation of many football skills.
Eric takes inspiration from Barcelona to develop instant passing and control.
Pass and move
Teach players to take the ball into space with their first touch, and find space to get it back.
Using tight grids to develop spatial awareness and moving in support of team mates.
After the basic skills, Eric shows how to recreate a competitive game situation in training.
The pass, the movement, the shot – the essential parts of a beautiful goal. Eric uses a three-goal setup to add to the fun!
Help players to keep calm and strike cleanly when they’re through on goal.
Attack vs Defence
Players learn how to beat an opponent in a tight 2v2 situation, or stop an opponent from beating them.
Teaching the techniques for losing a defender and finishing from close range.
Developing intelligence and teamwork in a fast-moving three-goal game.