spurs warm up and drills/coaching advice


the member formerly and technically still known as
Mar 9, 2005
3. I take all my players aside at the beginning of the season and inform them of the following. First, at 9 and 10 years old, your priority is to master skills and learn tactical basics. Second, you will outwork your competition. Third, your brain is the most important body part when it comes to the game. And finally, if you say the A word (Arse****) your team will be deducted a goal, you will run laps, do pushups and watch from the sideline. We will be a team of gentlemen.
One too many asterisks for Arsenal...


SC Supporter
Mar 27, 2006
I coached a team from under 6 up to under 11’s before things happened and the team folded (parents thinking they knew best) I moved my son up to a top club in the top
League and there are a few observations.

My original team was very organic. We started them straight from soccer tots. And the kids grew up together. This created a great family atmosphere and a spirit which couldn’t be rivalled. The kids knew each other and wanted to play for each other. They were mates as well as teammates. We had 5/6 players that could play in any team. But also 6/7 players who would have been out of their depth in leagues lower than they were playing. But we were a small club and it meant we couldn’t pick and choose. What this did do was make the players work harder for each other. And we were greater than the sum of our parts.

We are now with a Top team with strength in depth in every position. And although it is good for my son. And he is improving because he is now not one of the best players. But in a group of good players. But there is a lot less camaraderie. It’s more business than pleasure. The training which I still get involved in is good. But with my old team we used to go off the reservation. And really do some strange drills. This was all about getting the kids understanding the game. But making it fun. Now it’s pretty much drills and games. I miss how it was. If you can get a team to stay together for 3/4 years and you can stamp your enthusiasm on a team. There is no limit to what they can achieve. Even if you do have kids of greatly differing ability. That’s the pleasure of being a grass roots boss watching your ideas move from training to the pitch. I find that academies are just conveyor belts now and the drills or scenarios they do don’t bring out the team ethos. I’ve done
My level one badge and I asked the coach about this. He was totally dismissive of it which I was so disappointed about. I think now it is more about creating a blueprint than kids having fun.


Grunge baby forever
Oct 21, 2012
Thats the other thing I tell some new players, if you dont cover up that Arsenal / Chelsea shirt you can fk off and dont come back.

Only joking lol.

G Ron

Active Member
Aug 24, 2012
There is also the FA Hive learning site - i’ll Try to find you a link. It contains a lot of coaching content from other coaches and you can Filter by age group, area of focus etc.


Well-Known Member
Dec 28, 2004
They used to do an excellent drill where they pass between full back and winger then a midfield player sends one down the line and the winger crosses into the box and a group of attackers and defenders and they compete to score / defend. The ball is then fed back to the winger who switches play to the other flank and they repeat the drill from that side. Ill see if i can find a vid of it.

There are a number of good pressing drills you can find online although not exactly sure what Tottenham do regarding this.

Yep still do this drill before every game.

May get a vid before the Utd game and upload it if I’m in the ground early enough
Didn’t even manage to score in the warm-up either :rolleyes:



Prince of Zamunda
Sep 2, 2004
If anyone is interested there is an excellent drill we did when I was taking trials at a club in Spain. It's essentially like "Wembley doubles" for those of you who know the game but you can score at either end of a 5 a side pitch (only rule is before scoring the ball must be passed between teammates at least 3 times (or if more than 2 per team all the players on that team) Being able to score at either end teaches the players to think more creatively with their movement and direction of play. It also prevents defenders just standing between the ball and goal and encourages pressing because the attacker can simply turn 180 and score in the goal behind him.


Active Member
Sep 1, 2012
The FA's "the boot room" has just been launched which is their new online coaching portal. Lots of content on there including drills etc.
May 9, 2007
Lots of good tips on this thread.

My two pennies' worth...

FA revamped the qualifications a while back. Drills as traditionally defines are not that helpful. It's key to think about what you're trying to achieve. Loads of great ideas out there, but I'd use them as inspiration not to copy as sessions should meet your players needs, age appropriately.

As others have said, plus some other observations:
1. It must be fun. Encourage a love of the game.
2. Maximise ball rolling time. Get kids as many touches as possible.
3. Encourage ball mastery. Passing will come.
4. 4 corner model is good. The social aspect is key to it being fun. The psychological aspect is huge- praise players, be specific, reward adventure, don't xritislxiss mistakes and don't place any emphasis on scorelines fro younger ones.
5. On sin bins- something like this can help if 1 or 2 players are spoiling the session for others. BUT, give them warning first, remain calm, keep it brief, make it about questioning the behaviour, not dictating to the child. And think about WHY they've been behaving badly- ADHD, immaturity? Calmly reflect on your session- could you make it more engaging, so that the players don't have idle time to mess around.