Grassroots Coaching


This is the fourth part of the topic that I presented at the recent Football Coaching seminar in Porto, Portugal. This involves progressions and challenges when coaching football players.

In these examples, again taken from, the football coach has organised a rotating close range shooting game. The objective is to provide the players with lots of opportunities to have realistic, match like scenarios to practice close range shooting and finishing opportunities. The football coach should firstly ensure that the players respond as they would in a game, for example if there is a shooting opportunity, be positive and take that opportunity. The football coach can then look to help the players improve their finishing techniques, their decisions and encourage individual, inventive play and quick combination play between players. The coach can then start to introduce progressions and challenges to the session, to provide greater enjoyment and realism as well as to put pressure on the players’ performance.

Diamonds Progression 2 – Number the players


  • All the numbered players must score
  • All players must pass or touch the ball at least once before a shot, this can include the shot.
  • Passing must be first time
  • Goal must be a first time finish. Rebounds count:


  • The winning team are the first ones where all the players score. This can be in any order, but all must score


Download PDF – Diamonds Progression 2 – Number the players

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