Setting Up For Free Kicks

It is estimated that 25% or more of soccer goals scored in soccer games come from soccer set plays. Proper setup skills are key, as is timing and execution soccer skills.

-Whenever possible, have a player serve the ball into the box. This may mean going over or around a defensive wall that has been set up.

-Repetition of kicks in practice helps teammates understand each other's timing, placement and styles.

-Try points of entry from different positions so players can practice serving and receiving.

-Practice these free kicks first without defenders to get it down, then add in a wall and a defense.

-Not every player should try and go for the ball at once. Some should trail, one crashes the net for a rebound change while others stay back and play any potential clearouts by the defense.

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