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Lesson Plans


Have a written lesson plan for each training session or practice. You cannot have a good practice if you do not have an idea of what you want to accomplish during that practice. The plan may be written out in detail on a practice planning form. Writing down your plan will help you think through the equipment and setup you will need for the topics to be covered. Below are sample lesson plans written by Kentucky Youth Soccer.

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Kentucky Youth Soccer Blank Lesson Template (Excel Document)

Return to Play Activities

Attacking & Shooting

Attacking Wide Play 
Bunkering in to Create the Counter Attack
Changing Point of Attack
Counter Attacking from Defensive Set Plays
Direct Counter Attacking
Developing a Goal Scoring Predator
Free Kicks in Wide Positions
Technique of Finishing & Shooting
Patterns of Play to Incorporate Flank Players
Shooting Activities for Younger Players 
Transition to Attack
When to Dribble and When to Pass
Activities for introducing the basic Attacking and Defending Principles
Functional Training for the Center Forwards 
Movement of the Strikers
Combination Play in Central Attacking Areas 
Functional Training for Wide Players 
Improve the Teams Ability to Create and Score from Central Positions 
Improve Players Ability to Score with Headers 
Developing Buildup Play using the Midfielders 
Finishing and Passing Patterns 
Numerical Superiority in the Attacking Half 
Functional Training of the Striker 
Creating Attacking Overloads 
Playing Through the Unbalancing Zones 
Improving Players Ability to Protect and Turn 




Formations/Systems of Play

Warm Up Activities

Set Plays


Clearing Crosses – Punching
Coaching a Keeper within the Game
Dealing with the Back Pass
Goalkeeping - Changing the Point of Attack by Derek Willis, Head Men's Coach, Georgetown College
Goalkeeping – Dealing with 1v1 Situations by Chris Hershey, New York State West ODP Head GK Coach
Goalkeeping – Distribution
Goalkeeping – Improving Agility by Leah Castleman, Head Women’s Coach, Georgetown College
Goalkeeping – Improving Strength by Jacob Sither, Kentucky Youth Soccer ODP Head GK Coach
Individual Goalkeeping Activities By Rob Parker, Goalkeeper Coach 
Shot Stopping and Angle Play by Derek Willis, Head Men's Coach, Georgetown College 
Improving Goalkeepers Shot Stopping and Distribution 




Additional Activities