Soccer Tryout Drills
Below is a list of some Soccer Tryout Drills that will help you evaluate player's abilities and potential. The advantage of using SoccerHelp Practice Games instead of drills to evaluate players is that the Practice Games involve competition and pressure, so they give you a better idea of how a player will perform under pressure in "match conditions" and at "game speed". Some players look good in non-pressure drills, but the big question is: Can a player perform under pressure at game speed? Good players need both physical and mental abilities and there are intangibles such as aggressiveness, bravery and determination.
Most of the Soccer Tryout Drills below make it easy to evaluate players - you will quickly see, for example, who are aggressive receivers and who are passive receivers, who is comfortable with the ball in traffic, and who can make an accurate pass while running at top speed. They will also tell you who has good instincts, speed with the ball and who can make fast, correct decisions while under pressure.
-- "Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race" can evaluate speed of play, aggressive receiving (does the player stand there and wait for the ball to come to him or her, or go to the ball, First Touch, one-touch control into open space, passing while running.
-- "Dribble Across A Square" can be used to evaluate control dribbling, shielding, recognition and acceleration into Open Space, composure in traffic and while under pressure, and Field Vision.
-- "Small Sided Scrimmage Without A Goalie" can help evaluate everything except goalkeeping, but especially natural positions and who is a good, tough defender.
-- "2 Team Keep Away" will show you how well players can transition and who is good at maintaining possession, leadership on the field, teamwork and winning the ball.
-- "Shoulder Tackle & Strength On The Ball Game" will show you a lot about which players are aggressive and not afraid of contact and which have "strength on the ball". Obviously, being able to legally challenge for the ball and strength on the ball to maintain possession while dribbling are both important.
-- "Win the 50/50 Ball or be the First Defender 1v1 Attacking and Defending" will show you who can win a 50/50 Ball and who has good 1v1 Attacking skills and good 1v1 Defensive skills.
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