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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 (see sample Lesson Plan 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.

No commercial reproduction, adaptation, distribution or transmission of any part or parts of lesson plan or any information contained, herein by any means whatsoever is permitted without the prior written permission of Kentucky Youth Soccer.

If you have questions about any of these lesson plans, please contact Adrian Parrish.

2016 Holiday Coaches Book: Sessions and Activities From Across the World - 6th Edition Compiled by Bobby Puppione, Cincinnati United Soccer Club

2015 Skills School - Fundamental Ball Skills: Prepared by the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Department Sam Snow, Director of Coaching In association with the US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee

Integrating Developmentally Appropriate Competition Structure & Talent Identification Programs: Presented by Kentucky Youth Soccer Technical Director, Adrian Parrish at the 2016 NSCAA Convention.

National Youth Coaching Course Instructional Tutorial: Presented by the Authors of the National Youth License Curriculum (Video)

US Soccer System of Player - Position Numbers and Player Profiles

ODP Lesson Plans from Feyenoord


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 




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 (NEW)
Improving Goalkeepers Shot Stopping and Distribution (NEW)




Additional Activities