There are many individual soccer drills available for coaches and players, both in books and on the Internet. Most are in the form of diagrams and charts. Now charts and diagrams have their place, and are useful with strategy, but many coaches are so focused on strategy plays that soccer fundamentals are neglected. There are drills that can be done to improve soccer skills, but this is a whole different type of drill, and these drills are for basic soccer skills that should be mastered by the players before spending time on strategy drills.
When learning basic soccer skills, charts and diagrams are not going to be effective like one-on-one instruction and or video. Coaches can spend a certain amount of time with their players teaching soccer skills, but ultimately it is up to the players to raise their skill level so as to be an asset to the team. This way, when running individual soccer drills, you will not be grooving in bad habits due to lack of technique.
Passing drills, for instance, may be focused on passing to a spot where a teammate is running toward – however if all a player knows is the push pass, he or she may be using the wrong technique for a pass that may be better made as a driving pass or a high bending pass. And if the receiving player has not mastered the first touch, all the drilling in the world will not produce the intended result of the drill. Players should use their own time, or in the case of young players, parents can spend time on fundamental skills with their kids. The use of a professional, well-presented DVD program is the perfect tool to obtain a high level of individual skill.