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21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Field Set Up Simple Soccer Instructions Most games are set up in a 25 X 25 yard area. Field dimensions for each game will be listed under “Set Up”. We call the practice area Soccer Island. Use 16 cones to outline Soccer Island as illustrated below. Basic Soccer Island Layout Field Layout Key " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Field Set Up

Simple Soccer Instructions

Most games are set up in a 25 X 25 yard area. Field dimensions for each game will be listed under “Set Up”. We call the practice area Soccer Island. Use 16 cones to outline Soccer Island as illustrated below.

Basic Soccer Island Layout

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Field Set Up Simple Soccer Instructions Most games are set up in a 25 X 25 yard area. Field dimensions for each game will be listed under “Set Up”. We call the practice area Soccer Island. Use 16 cones to outline Soccer Island as illustrated below. Basic Soccer Island Layout Field Layout Key " id="pdf-obj-0-21" src="pdf-obj-0-21.jpg">

Field Layout Key

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Field Set Up Simple Soccer Instructions Most games are set up in a 25 X 25 yard area. Field dimensions for each game will be listed under “Set Up”. We call the practice area Soccer Island. Use 16 cones to outline Soccer Island as illustrated below. Basic Soccer Island Layout Field Layout Key " id="pdf-obj-0-25" src="pdf-obj-0-25.jpg">
Agility Drills # 1 Mini Shuttle 1. Place 2 markers 20 yards apart. Place 2 marker

Agility

Drills # 1

Mini Shuttle

  • 1. Place 2 markers 20 yards apart. Place 2 marker in the middle only 3 yards to each side. (see diagram to right)

  • 2. Starting from the left - middle marker sprint to one end (10 yards), turn and immediately sprint to the other end (20 yards) and then to the finish marker (10 yards).

  • 3. Turn on a different foot at each marker and try to touch the ground with your hand.

Agility Drills # 1 Mini Shuttle 1. Place 2 markers 20 yards apart. Place 2 marker

Weave In/Out

  • 1. Place 6-8 cones out in a straight line approximately 3 yards apart.

  • 2. In between each set of cones place another cone only 3 yards to the left. (see diagram right)

  • 3. Sprint from one cone to the next bending down to touch each one with your hand.

  • 4. The emphasis is on taking quick side steps, rather than turning to face the cone and sprinting forward which that takes more time.

Agility Drills # 1 Mini Shuttle 1. Place 2 markers 20 yards apart. Place 2 marker

Follow the Leader

  • 1. Mark out a large area - 20 yards by 20 yards for example.

  • 2. Pair up with a team mate and have them run randomly within the area.

  • 3. Try to maintain 2 yards distance from them at all times. Your team mate should be changing direction and pace constantly.

Agility Drills # 1 Mini Shuttle 1. Place 2 markers 20 yards apart. Place 2 marker

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Agility Drills # 1 Super Shuttle 1. Set a series of cones out in a cross

Agility

Drills # 1

Super Shuttle

  • 1. Set a series of cones out in a cross formation. (see diagram right)

  • 2. Run backwards to the center cone, side step to the right cone (or your left if you are performing the drill), side step back to the centre cone still facing the same way.

  • 3. At the center cone turn and sprint forward to the end cone. Now run back to the cent er cone, side step to the left, side step back to the center, then turn and sprint back to the start.

  • 4. Phew! Sounds complicated - it's not - the diagram explains it quicker than I can!

Agility Drills # 1 Super Shuttle 1. Set a series of cones out in a cross

Slalom

  • 1. Place 10 shuttles in a line 5 yards apart.

  • 2. Weave in and out as fast as possible and walk back to the start.

  • 3. This exercise is often performed much more slowly with a ball. The goal here is to develop speed of leg movement so no ball is used.

Box Drill

Agility Drills # 1 Super Shuttle 1. Set a series of cones out in a cross
  • 1. Use 4 cones or markers to mark out a square approximately 5yards by 5yards.

  • 2. Place a cone in the center of the square. This is your starting position.

  • 3. Give each corner a number and remember it! Have a team mate (or your coach) call numbers at random.

  • 4. Sprint to the corner shouted and return to the middle.

Agility Drills # 1 Super Shuttle 1. Set a series of cones out in a cross

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BIG GREEN SMELLY OGRE 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Push Pass Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players are put in pairs; players (O) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : The farmers (O) have got together to chase the bi g green smelly ogres (X) out of the swamp. In pairs the players take it in turns to be the farmer and the smelly green ogre. The farmer must chase the ogre (while dribbling a soccer ball) unt il they hear the shout of “stuck in the mud” and then they must both freeze. Once frozen the farmer must try and shoot their ball through the ogre’s legs. The farmer gets 100 points for every successful shot. Continue the dribbling game until the farmer has had 3 shots and then switch the farmer and ogre. NOTE: * First play without any balls * Then play with 1 ball for the farmer and 1 ball with the ogre * Then play the main game with just the farmer having a ball * When the ogre is frozen they must ope n their legs wide and face the farmer Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control, and accelerating away Accurate push pass " id="pdf-obj-6-2" src="pdf-obj-6-2.jpg">

BIG GREEN SMELLY OGRE

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Push Pass

Equipment: Balls, cones

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players are put in pairs; players (O) each have 1 ball

How The Game Is Played:

The farmers (O) have got together to chase the big green smelly ogres (X) out of the swamp. In pairs the players take it in turns to be the farmer and the smelly green ogre. The farmer must chase the ogre (while dribbling a soccer ball) until they hear the shout of “stuck in the mud” and then they must both freeze. Once frozen the farmer must try and shoot their ball through the ogre’s legs. The farmer gets 100 points for every successful shot. Continue the dribbling game until the farmer has had 3 shots and then switch the farmer and ogre.

NOTE:

* First play without any balls * Then play with 1 ball for the farmer and 1 ball with the ogre * Then play the main game with just the farmer having a ball * When the ogre is frozen they must open their legs wide and face the farmer

BIG GREEN SMELLY OGRE 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Push Pass Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players are put in pairs; players (O) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : The farmers (O) have got together to chase the bi g green smelly ogres (X) out of the swamp. In pairs the players take it in turns to be the farmer and the smelly green ogre. The farmer must chase the ogre (while dribbling a soccer ball) unt il they hear the shout of “stuck in the mud” and then they must both freeze. Once frozen the farmer must try and shoot their ball through the ogre’s legs. The farmer gets 100 points for every successful shot. Continue the dribbling game until the farmer has had 3 shots and then switch the farmer and ogre. NOTE: * First play without any balls * Then play with 1 ball for the farmer and 1 ball with the ogre * Then play the main game with just the farmer having a ball * When the ogre is frozen they must ope n their legs wide and face the farmer Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control, and accelerating away Accurate push pass " id="pdf-obj-6-37" src="pdf-obj-6-37.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control, and accelerating away Accurate push pass

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Passing, Control Equipment: Balls, cones COUNTDOWN Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, players start with one ball between each pair (X and O) How The Game Is Played : Watch the clock because it’s a countdown from 60 seconds to see how many gates the players can get to within the time. When each pair reaches a gate they must play 3 small push passes between each other between the gates before dribb ling onto the next gate. Which pair can get through the most gates during the tense countdown? NOTE: For extra difficulty: After playing a few ti mes add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-7-2" src="pdf-obj-7-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Passing, Control

Equipment: Balls, cones

COUNTDOWN

Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, players start with one ball between each pair (X and O)

How The Game Is Played:

Watch the clock because it’s a countdown from 60 seconds to see how many gates the players can get to within the time. When each pair reaches a gate they must play 3 small push passes between each other between the gates before dribbling onto the next gate. Which pair can get through the most gates during the tense countdown?

NOTE: For extra difficulty: After playing a few times add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball.

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Passing, Control Equipment: Balls, cones COUNTDOWN Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, players start with one ball between each pair (X and O) How The Game Is Played : Watch the clock because it’s a countdown from 60 seconds to see how many gates the players can get to within the time. When each pair reaches a gate they must play 3 small push passes between each other between the gates before dribb ling onto the next gate. Which pair can get through the most gates during the tense countdown? NOTE: For extra difficulty: After playing a few ti mes add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-7-32" src="pdf-obj-7-32.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

DALMATION PUPPIES 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) all start with a ball at their feet How The Game Is Played : The nasty dog catcher (O = coach) is trying to steal all the players (X) puppies to turn them into a fur coat. The players (X) have to keep their puppi es close so that the dog catcher doesn’t steal their puppies (soccer ball). The players (x) attempt to dribble to the other si de of Soccer Island with their puppy. If their puppy is kicked out of Soccer Island they turn into a dog catcher. See who can keep their puppy the longest. NOTE: Play first without a ball – with the dog catche rs just tagging. Next, pl ay with the players (X) each starting with a ball. Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body " id="pdf-obj-8-2" src="pdf-obj-8-2.jpg">

DALMATION PUPPIES

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) all start with a ball at their feet

How The Game Is Played:

The nasty dog catcher (O = coach) is trying to steal all the players (X) puppies to turn them into a fur coat. The players (X) have to keep their puppies close so that the dog catcher doesn’t steal their puppies (soccer ball).

The players (x) attempt to dribble to the other side of Soccer Island with their puppy. If their puppy is kicked out of Soccer Island they turn into a dog catcher. See who can keep their puppy the longest.

NOTE: Play first without a ball – with the dog catchers just tagging. Next, play with the players (X) each starting with a ball.

DALMATION PUPPIES 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) all start with a ball at their feet How The Game Is Played : The nasty dog catcher (O = coach) is trying to steal all the players (X) puppies to turn them into a fur coat. The players (X) have to keep their puppi es close so that the dog catcher doesn’t steal their puppies (soccer ball). The players (x) attempt to dribble to the other si de of Soccer Island with their puppy. If their puppy is kicked out of Soccer Island they turn into a dog catcher. See who can keep their puppy the longest. NOTE: Play first without a ball – with the dog catche rs just tagging. Next, pl ay with the players (X) each starting with a ball. Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body " id="pdf-obj-8-37" src="pdf-obj-8-37.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body

FEEDING TIME AT THE ZOO 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, divide the players into two equal teams How The Game Is Played : It’s feeding time at the zoo, and the zoo keeper (coach) is feeding the hungry animals (players) their food. The zoo keeper shout s the name of different animals and they have to run out and battle for the food (ball) to take back to their cage. NOTE: First play with 2 balls, then use 1 ball Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body " id="pdf-obj-9-2" src="pdf-obj-9-2.jpg">

FEEDING TIME AT THE ZOO

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, divide the players into two equal teams

How The Game Is Played:

It’s feeding time at the zoo, and the zoo keeper (coach) is feeding the hungry animals (players) their food. The zoo keeper shouts the name of different animals and they have to run out and battle for the food (ball) to take back to their cage.

NOTE: First play with 2 balls, then use 1 ball

FEEDING TIME AT THE ZOO 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, divide the players into two equal teams How The Game Is Played : It’s feeding time at the zoo, and the zoo keeper (coach) is feeding the hungry animals (players) their food. The zoo keeper shout s the name of different animals and they have to run out and battle for the food (ball) to take back to their cage. NOTE: First play with 2 balls, then use 1 ball Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body " id="pdf-obj-9-29" src="pdf-obj-9-29.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones GO FOR GOAL Set Up: 30 x 20 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams and place on opposite sides of the field. Players (X) have 1 ball each. How The Game Is Played : Go for goal by dribbling, cutting and moving inside, and then shooting on goal. Players take it in turns to dribble down the outside of the field and then at the midway point cut inside to take the shot on goal. After they shoot they retrieve their ball and join the back of the opposite line. This is a continuous game where the kids are always mo ving and getting plenty of shooting practice. See how the kids get used to dribbling and Going For Goal! NOTE: * Have a coach stand behind each goal to retrieve the balls * Encourage players to keep the ball close when dribbling and cutting before the final shot * If the shooting is getting good, add in goalkeepers at each end Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and changing direction with the ball " id="pdf-obj-10-2" src="pdf-obj-10-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling

Equipment: Balls, cones

GO FOR GOAL

Set Up: 30 x 20 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams and place on opposite sides of the field. Players (X) have 1 ball each.

How The Game Is Played:

Go for goal by dribbling, cutting and moving inside, and then shooting on goal. Players take it in turns to dribble down the outside of the field and then at the midway point cut inside to take the shot on goal. After they shoot they retrieve their ball and join the back of the opposite line. This is a continuous game where the kids are always moving and getting plenty of shooting practice. See how the kids get used to dribbling and Going For Goal!

NOTE:

* Have a coach stand behind each goal to retrieve the balls * Encourage players to keep the ball close when dribbling and cutting before the final shot * If the shooting is getting good, add in goalkeepers at each end

Coaching Points:

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones GO FOR GOAL Set Up: 30 x 20 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams and place on opposite sides of the field. Players (X) have 1 ball each. How The Game Is Played : Go for goal by dribbling, cutting and moving inside, and then shooting on goal. Players take it in turns to dribble down the outside of the field and then at the midway point cut inside to take the shot on goal. After they shoot they retrieve their ball and join the back of the opposite line. This is a continuous game where the kids are always mo ving and getting plenty of shooting practice. See how the kids get used to dribbling and Going For Goal! NOTE: * Have a coach stand behind each goal to retrieve the balls * Encourage players to keep the ball close when dribbling and cutting before the final shot * If the shooting is getting good, add in goalkeepers at each end Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and changing direction with the ball " id="pdf-obj-10-37" src="pdf-obj-10-37.jpg">

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and changing direction with the ball

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Push Pass, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (x and o), use only 1 ball with a supply of balls around the field of play How The Game Is Played : Hundreds and thousands is the game where y ou can score hundreds and thousands of points! Instead of having just 1 soccer goal, there are 5 soccer goals set up at each end. The middle goal is worth 1000 points, the goal on either side is worth 500 points, and the goals in the corners are worth 100 points. Play like a normal scrimmage game and see how many hundreds and thousands of points each team can make! NOTE: * Make the middle goal small (so it’s harder to score) and the goals in the corners bigger * Encourage the players to pass the ball around to work the shot on the middle goal * No goalkeepers are allowed * Play in 5 minute periods Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Push passing using the inside of the foot between teammates " id="pdf-obj-11-2" src="pdf-obj-11-2.jpg">

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick, Push Pass, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (x and o), use only 1 ball with a supply of balls around the field of play

How The Game Is Played:

Hundreds and thousands is the game where you can score hundreds and thousands of points! Instead of having just 1 soccer goal, there are 5 soccer goals set up at each end. The middle goal is worth 1000 points, the goal on either side is worth 500 points, and the goals in the corners are worth 100 points. Play like a normal scrimmage game and see how many hundreds and thousands of points each team can make!

NOTE:

* Make the middle goal small (so it’s harder to score) and the goals in the corners bigger * Encourage the players to pass the ball around to work the shot on the middle goal * No goalkeepers are allowed * Play in 5 minute periods

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Push Pass, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (x and o), use only 1 ball with a supply of balls around the field of play How The Game Is Played : Hundreds and thousands is the game where y ou can score hundreds and thousands of points! Instead of having just 1 soccer goal, there are 5 soccer goals set up at each end. The middle goal is worth 1000 points, the goal on either side is worth 500 points, and the goals in the corners are worth 100 points. Play like a normal scrimmage game and see how many hundreds and thousands of points each team can make! NOTE: * Make the middle goal small (so it’s harder to score) and the goals in the corners bigger * Encourage the players to pass the ball around to work the shot on the middle goal * No goalkeepers are allowed * Play in 5 minute periods Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Push passing using the inside of the foot between teammates " id="pdf-obj-11-36" src="pdf-obj-11-36.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Push passing using the inside of the foot between teammates

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning Equipment: Balls, cones ICE CREAM FACTORY Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : All the players (X) are running ar ound dribbling with their soccer ball in the ice-cream factory. When the coach shouts the name of an ice-cream flavor all the pl ayers (X) have to run to that side of the ice-cream factory and stop their ball on the line. NOTE: * Play first without a ball * Add a soccer ball to each player * Get the players to use inside, outside, stop, and drag-back turns Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space " id="pdf-obj-12-2" src="pdf-obj-12-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning

Equipment: Balls, cones

ICE CREAM FACTORY

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball

How The Game Is Played:

All the players (X) are running around dribbling with their soccer ball in the ice-cream factory. When the coach shouts the name of an ice-cream flavor all the players (X) have to run to that side of the ice-cream factory and stop their ball on the line.

NOTE:

* Play first without a ball * Add a soccer ball to each player * Get the players to use inside, outside, stop, and drag-back turns

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning Equipment: Balls, cones ICE CREAM FACTORY Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : All the players (X) are running ar ound dribbling with their soccer ball in the ice-cream factory. When the coach shouts the name of an ice-cream flavor all the pl ayers (X) have to run to that side of the ice-cream factory and stop their ball on the line. NOTE: * Play first without a ball * Add a soccer ball to each player * Get the players to use inside, outside, stop, and drag-back turns Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space " id="pdf-obj-12-35" src="pdf-obj-12-35.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns, keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dibbling Equipment: Balls, cones JEDI KNIGHTS Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, all players (X) start with a ball How The Game Is Played : The coach (O) starts off in the middle on the dark side and the players (X) are on the good side. The players (Jedi Knights) need to dribble their ball across the galaxy without the dark side (coach) kicking his ball against the players ball. If the players (X) get their ball struck by the coaches ball they must join the dark side in the middle and battle on the dark side. See who will be the last Jedi Knight in the middle to keep their ball from being hit by someone on the dark side? NOTE: For extra difficulty, after playing a few times add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking Dribbling and shielding the ball " id="pdf-obj-13-2" src="pdf-obj-13-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Dibbling

Equipment: Balls, cones

JEDI KNIGHTS

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, all players (X) start with a ball

How The Game Is Played:

The coach (O) starts off in the middle on the dark side and the players (X) are on the good side. The players (Jedi Knights) need to dribble their ball across the galaxy without the dark side (coach) kicking his ball against the players ball. If the players (X) get their ball struck by the coaches ball they must join the dark side in the middle and battle on the dark side. See who will be the last Jedi Knight in the middle to keep their ball from being hit by someone on the dark side?

NOTE: For extra difficulty, after playing a few times add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball.

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dibbling Equipment: Balls, cones JEDI KNIGHTS Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, all players (X) start with a ball How The Game Is Played : The coach (O) starts off in the middle on the dark side and the players (X) are on the good side. The players (Jedi Knights) need to dribble their ball across the galaxy without the dark side (coach) kicking his ball against the players ball. If the players (X) get their ball struck by the coaches ball they must join the dark side in the middle and battle on the dark side. See who will be the last Jedi Knight in the middle to keep their ball from being hit by someone on the dark side? NOTE: For extra difficulty, after playing a few times add in the coach to chase the players and try and steal their ball. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking Dribbling and shielding the ball " id="pdf-obj-13-34" src="pdf-obj-13-34.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking Dribbling and shielding the ball

KING OF THE SOCCER RING 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area with two smaller 5 x 5 yard boxes in opposite corners, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : Each player (X) is their favorite big strong Americ an wrestler. Each player has to protect their ball and keep it inside the ring while trying to kick t he other player’s ball outside the ring. Every time the player’s ball is kicked out they must quickly retrieve it and perform 10 toe-taps in the steel cages in the corners before they re-enter the ring. The player to keep the ball in the ring most is crowned King of the Soccer Ring. NOTE: Play for 3 minutes at a time Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for opposition Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackles and stealing the ball " id="pdf-obj-14-2" src="pdf-obj-14-2.jpg">

KING OF THE SOCCER RING

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area with two smaller 5 x 5 yard boxes in opposite corners, players (X) each have 1 ball

How The Game Is Played:

Each player (X) is their favorite big strong American wrestler. Each player has to protect their ball and keep it inside the ring while trying to kick the other player’s ball outside the ring. Every time the player’s ball is kicked out they must quickly retrieve it and perform 10 toe-taps in the steel cages in the corners before they re-enter the ring. The player to keep the ball in the ring most is crowned King of the Soccer Ring.

NOTE: Play for 3 minutes at a time

KING OF THE SOCCER RING 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area with two smaller 5 x 5 yard boxes in opposite corners, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : Each player (X) is their favorite big strong Americ an wrestler. Each player has to protect their ball and keep it inside the ring while trying to kick t he other player’s ball outside the ring. Every time the player’s ball is kicked out they must quickly retrieve it and perform 10 toe-taps in the steel cages in the corners before they re-enter the ring. The player to keep the ball in the ring most is crowned King of the Soccer Ring. NOTE: Play for 3 minutes at a time Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for opposition Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackles and stealing the ball " id="pdf-obj-14-32" src="pdf-obj-14-32.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for opposition Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackles and stealing the ball

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 15 yard area, players are put into pairs How The Game Is Played : LASER PASSER Players (X and O) have to pass the laser ball acro ss the galaxy to each other using a push pass. They are trying to see how many times they can destroy the enemy death star in the middle with the laser ball. NOTE: * Set up the enemy death star by placing a ball on top of a cone. When it is knocked off, quickly put it back on the cone again. * See how many times you can laser blast it in 60 seconds Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-15-2" src="pdf-obj-15-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Control

Equipment: Balls, cones

Set Up: 25 x 15 yard area, players are put into pairs

How The Game Is Played:

LASER PASSER

Players (X and O) have to pass the laser ball across the galaxy to each other using a push pass. They are trying to see how many times they can destroy the enemy death star in the middle with the laser ball.

NOTE:

* Set up the enemy death star by placing a ball on top of a cone. When it is knocked off, quickly put it back on the cone again. * See how many times you can laser blast it in 60 seconds

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 15 yard area, players are put into pairs How The Game Is Played : LASER PASSER Players (X and O) have to pass the laser ball acro ss the galaxy to each other using a push pass. They are trying to see how many times they can destroy the enemy death star in the middle with the laser ball. NOTE: * Set up the enemy death star by placing a ball on top of a cone. When it is knocked off, quickly put it back on the cone again. * See how many times you can laser blast it in 60 seconds Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-15-35" src="pdf-obj-15-35.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

LORD of the SOCCER RINGS 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball between each pair How The Game Is Played : The hobbits (O) are given a magical pinnie which turns them invisible to the orks (X). The hobbits (O) are running across middle earth and back, trying to retrieve as many soccer rings (cones) as possible without getting hit by the orks (X) with the soccer ball. NOTE: * Hobbits can only retrieve one ring at a time while dribbling their soccer ball across * Hobbits receive 100 soccer ring points for ever y ring they collect and bring back but lose 20 points every time they are hit below the knee only * Orks have to pass the ball back an d forth between their partners to stop the hobbits getting the rings * Let everyone have an opportunity as a hobbit and an ork * Make sure they keep the ball low when push passing – keep their head over the ball when kicking Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-16-2" src="pdf-obj-16-2.jpg">

LORD of the SOCCER RINGS

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball between each pair

How The Game Is Played:

The hobbits (O) are given a magical pinnie which turns them invisible to the orks (X). The hobbits (O) are running across middle earth and back, trying to retrieve as many soccer rings (cones) as possible without getting hit by the orks (X) with the soccer ball.

NOTE:

* Hobbits can only retrieve one ring at a time while dribbling their soccer ball across * Hobbits receive 100 soccer ring points for every ring they collect and bring back but lose 20 points every time they are hit below the knee only * Orks have to pass the ball back and forth between their partners to stop the hobbits getting the rings * Let everyone have an opportunity as a hobbit and an ork * Make sure they keep the ball low when push passing – keep their head over the ball when kicking

LORD of the SOCCER RINGS 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball between each pair How The Game Is Played : The hobbits (O) are given a magical pinnie which turns them invisible to the orks (X). The hobbits (O) are running across middle earth and back, trying to retrieve as many soccer rings (cones) as possible without getting hit by the orks (X) with the soccer ball. NOTE: * Hobbits can only retrieve one ring at a time while dribbling their soccer ball across * Hobbits receive 100 soccer ring points for ever y ring they collect and bring back but lose 20 points every time they are hit below the knee only * Orks have to pass the ball back an d forth between their partners to stop the hobbits getting the rings * Let everyone have an opportunity as a hobbit and an ork * Make sure they keep the ball low when push passing – keep their head over the ball when kicking Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-16-39" src="pdf-obj-16-39.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies MUD MONSTERS Set Up: 25 X 20 yard area, players (X) have a ball at their feet How The Game Is Played : The mud monsters (O) are chasing the players (X) around the swamp and trying to steal their ball. If their ball is kicked they are frozen and “s tuck in the mud”. When ‘stuck in the mud’ the player must stand with their ball above their head with their legs wide open. A player can be unfrozen only when the other players (X) pass the ball through their open legs. See if the mud monsters (O) can freeze all the players (X) in one minute. Change the mud monsters around so everybody gets a chance as a player and mud monster NOTE: * Play first without a ball and get mud monsters to tag the players – players unfreeze each other by crawling under the front of their legs * Then add a ball to players (X) Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for other players Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackling and stealing the ball " id="pdf-obj-17-2" src="pdf-obj-17-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

MUD MONSTERS

Set Up: 25 X 20 yard area, players (X) have a ball at their feet

How The Game Is Played:

The mud monsters (O) are chasing the players (X) around the swamp and trying to steal their ball. If their ball is kicked they are frozen and “stuck in the mud”. When ‘stuck in the mud’ the player must stand with their ball above their head with their legs wide open. A player can be unfrozen only when the other players (X) pass the ball through their open legs.

See if the mud monsters (O) can freeze all the players (X) in one minute. Change the mud monsters around so everybody gets a chance as a player and mud monster .

NOTE:

* Play first without a ball and get mud monsters to tag the players – players unfreeze each other by crawling under the front of their legs * Then add a ball to players (X)

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies MUD MONSTERS Set Up: 25 X 20 yard area, players (X) have a ball at their feet How The Game Is Played : The mud monsters (O) are chasing the players (X) around the swamp and trying to steal their ball. If their ball is kicked they are frozen and “s tuck in the mud”. When ‘stuck in the mud’ the player must stand with their ball above their head with their legs wide open. A player can be unfrozen only when the other players (X) pass the ball through their open legs. See if the mud monsters (O) can freeze all the players (X) in one minute. Change the mud monsters around so everybody gets a chance as a player and mud monster NOTE: * Play first without a ball and get mud monsters to tag the players – players unfreeze each other by crawling under the front of their legs * Then add a ball to players (X) Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for other players Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackling and stealing the ball " id="pdf-obj-17-40" src="pdf-obj-17-40.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up for other players Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Block tackling and stealing the ball

RACE AGAINST the CLOCK 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball each How The Game Is Played : The players (X) all have 1 ball each. It’s a race against the clock to see how many gates (cones) they can dribble through in 90 seconds. Who can get through more than 10 gates? NOTE: * Add in 10 toe-taps when the players reach each gate * Add in a turn when the players go through each gate Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space " id="pdf-obj-18-2" src="pdf-obj-18-2.jpg">

RACE AGAINST the CLOCK

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning

Equipment: Balls, cones

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball each

How The Game Is Played:

The players (X) all have 1 ball each. It’s a race against the clock to see how many gates (cones) they can dribble through in 90 seconds. Who can get through more than 10 gates?

NOTE:

* Add in 10 toe-taps when the players reach each gate * Add in a turn when the players go through each gate

RACE AGAINST the CLOCK 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning Equipment: Balls, cones Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (x) start with 1 ball each How The Game Is Played : The players (X) all have 1 ball each. It’s a race against the clock to see how many gates (cones) they can dribble through in 90 seconds. Who can get through more than 10 gates? NOTE: * Add in 10 toe-taps when the players reach each gate * Add in a turn when the players go through each gate Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space " id="pdf-obj-18-31" src="pdf-obj-18-31.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space

RUMBLE in the JUNGLE 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 25 yard grid, divide players into 2 equal teams (x, o, *, ^) How The Game Is Played : It’s the big Rumble in the Jungle between all the jungle animals! Have two jungle teams with an elephant, monkey, rhino, and giraffe. Set them up on opposite sides of the jungle. When you (the coach) shout an animal name, the animal must ra ce around the cones and through their goal and into the jungle. The coach passes 1 ball into the jungle. It’s a battle between the animals to see who can get the ball and score in the opposition’s goal. This is the real rumble in the jungle, who can be first to score 10 jungle goals? NOTE: * Play first with 2 balls in the middle so every player gets a shot * Move to using just 1 ball * After everyone has battled a few times, call 2 animal names at once Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-19-2" src="pdf-obj-19-2.jpg">

RUMBLE in the JUNGLE

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling, Tackling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

Set Up: 25 x 25 yard grid, divide players into 2 equal teams (x, o, *, ^)

How The Game Is Played:

It’s the big Rumble in the Jungle between all the jungle animals! Have two jungle teams with an elephant, monkey, rhino, and giraffe. Set them up on opposite sides of the jungle. When you (the coach) shout an animal name, the animal must race around the cones and through their goal and into the jungle. The coach passes 1 ball into the jungle. It’s a battle between the animals to see who can get the ball and score in the opposition’s goal. This is the real rumble in the jungle, who can be first to score 10 jungle goals?

NOTE:

* Play first with 2 balls in the middle so every player gets a shot * Move to using just 1 ball * After everyone has battled a few times, call 2 animal names at once

RUMBLE in the JUNGLE 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling, Tackling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 25 yard grid, divide players into 2 equal teams (x, o, *, ^) How The Game Is Played : It’s the big Rumble in the Jungle between all the jungle animals! Have two jungle teams with an elephant, monkey, rhino, and giraffe. Set them up on opposite sides of the jungle. When you (the coach) shout an animal name, the animal must ra ce around the cones and through their goal and into the jungle. The coach passes 1 ball into the jungle. It’s a battle between the animals to see who can get the ball and score in the opposition’s goal. This is the real rumble in the jungle, who can be first to score 10 jungle goals? NOTE: * Play first with 2 balls in the middle so every player gets a shot * Move to using just 1 ball * After everyone has battled a few times, call 2 animal names at once Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-19-37" src="pdf-obj-19-37.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking

SCOOBY the DETECTIVE DOG 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (X and O) How The Game Is Played : This is a battle between the two teams and their detective dog characters! The coach throws a ball in the middle of the field and shouts a charac ter name. That player on each team must run out and around the cones and through the Scooby gate. Once through the Scooby gate the players must battle for the Scooby snack (ball) and try and get a shot on the goal defended by Scrappy Dee (the coach). Who can be the first team to shoot 5 Scooby snacks past Scrappy Dee? NOTE: * Give the players on each team a character name * First throw in 2 balls in the middle so everyone gets a shot * Then throw just 1 ball in the middle so they battle * After everyone has had a few shots call 2 people at once Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-20-2" src="pdf-obj-20-2.jpg">

SCOOBY the DETECTIVE DOG

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (X and O)

How The Game Is Played:

This is a battle between the two teams and their detective dog characters! The coach throws a ball in the middle of the field and shouts a character name. That player on each team must run out and around the cones and through the Scooby gate. Once through the Scooby gate the players must battle for the Scooby snack (ball) and try and get a shot on the goal defended by Scrappy Dee (the coach). Who can be the first team to shoot 5 Scooby snacks past Scrappy Dee?

NOTE:

* Give the players on each team a character name * First throw in 2 balls in the middle so everyone gets a shot * Then throw just 1 ball in the middle so they battle * After everyone has had a few shots call 2 people at once

SCOOBY the DETECTIVE DOG 21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies Set Up: 25 x 25 yard area, divide players into 2 equal teams (X and O) How The Game Is Played : This is a battle between the two teams and their detective dog characters! The coach throws a ball in the middle of the field and shouts a charac ter name. That player on each team must run out and around the cones and through the Scooby gate. Once through the Scooby gate the players must battle for the Scooby snack (ball) and try and get a shot on the goal defended by Scrappy Dee (the coach). Who can be the first team to shoot 5 Scooby snacks past Scrappy Dee? NOTE: * Give the players on each team a character name * First throw in 2 balls in the middle so everyone gets a shot * Then throw just 1 ball in the middle so they battle * After everyone has had a few shots call 2 people at once Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-20-37" src="pdf-obj-20-37.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies SOCCER BOWLING Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball between their pair and 3 balls on top of 3 cones opposite them How The Game Is Played : Soccer bowling brings all the excitement of the bow ling alley to the soccer field. Each team races against each other to see who can be the first to knock down all 3 pins (balls on cones). They must dribble quickly to the bowling line and then c ontrol the ball, take aim and play a push pass aiming at the pins. Once they have they must quickl y retrieve the ball and dribble it back to their partner. The players must keep repeating until the fi rst team knocks down all 3 balls. Who can be the first team to knock all 3 down? NOTE: This can be played several times until each team has won at least once. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-21-2" src="pdf-obj-21-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

SOCCER BOWLING

Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball between their pair and 3 balls on top of 3 cones opposite them

How The Game Is Played:

Soccer bowling brings all the excitement of the bowling alley to the soccer field. Each team races against each other to see who can be the first to knock down all 3 pins (balls on cones). They must dribble quickly to the bowling line and then control the ball, take aim and play a push pass aiming at the pins. Once they have they must quickly retrieve the ball and dribble it back to their partner. The players must keep repeating until the first team knocks down all 3 balls. Who can be the first team to knock all 3 down?

NOTE: This can be played several times until each team has won at least once.

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies SOCCER BOWLING Set Up: 30 x 25 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball between their pair and 3 balls on top of 3 cones opposite them How The Game Is Played : Soccer bowling brings all the excitement of the bow ling alley to the soccer field. Each team races against each other to see who can be the first to knock down all 3 pins (balls on cones). They must dribble quickly to the bowling line and then c ontrol the ball, take aim and play a push pass aiming at the pins. Once they have they must quickl y retrieve the ball and dribble it back to their partner. The players must keep repeating until the fi rst team knocks down all 3 balls. Who can be the first team to knock all 3 down? NOTE: This can be played several times until each team has won at least once. Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-21-38" src="pdf-obj-21-38.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control, Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies STARSHIP BATTLES Set Up: 30 x 30 yard area, place 5 balls on 5 cones at each end of the grid, divide into 2 equal teams How The Game Is Played : It’s a starship battle between the 2 teams across t he galaxy. They are trying to destroy their enemy’s starship. Each team (X’s and O’s) have to defend their starship (balls on cones). Each team gets 100 inter-galactic points every time they knock a ball off the cone with the soccer ball. Play with one ball only, who will rule the galaxy? NOTE: * Encourage players to play around the front and back of the starships looking for the open pass * Encourage control before passing * Play in 5 minute periods Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-22-2" src="pdf-obj-22-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Control, Instep Kick

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

STARSHIP BATTLES

Set Up: 30 x 30 yard area, place 5 balls on 5 cones at each end of the grid, divide into 2 equal teams

How The Game Is Played:

It’s a starship battle between the 2 teams across the galaxy. They are trying to destroy their enemy’s starship. Each team (X’s and O’s) have to defend their starship (balls on cones). Each team gets 100 inter-galactic points every time they knock a ball off the cone with the soccer ball. Play with one ball only, who will rule the galaxy?

NOTE:

* Encourage players to play around the front and back of the starships looking for the open pass * Encourage control before passing * Play in 5 minute periods

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control, Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies STARSHIP BATTLES Set Up: 30 x 30 yard area, place 5 balls on 5 cones at each end of the grid, divide into 2 equal teams How The Game Is Played : It’s a starship battle between the 2 teams across t he galaxy. They are trying to destroy their enemy’s starship. Each team (X’s and O’s) have to defend their starship (balls on cones). Each team gets 100 inter-galactic points every time they knock a ball off the cone with the soccer ball. Play with one ball only, who will rule the galaxy? NOTE: * Encourage players to play around the front and back of the starships looking for the open pass * Encourage control before passing * Play in 5 minute periods Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-22-38" src="pdf-obj-22-38.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones SUPER GOAL SHOOTER Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) are put in pairs with one ball between them How The Game Is Played : Each pair of players (X) have 60 seconds to sc ore as many goals as they can by shooting back and forth in the same goal (between the cones set up). It’s a race to see which pair can be the top Super Goal Shooters! NOTE: * Players must stay at leas t 10 yards back from the goal * Make sure they strike with the la ces and control the ball before shooting * Add goalkeepers in the goal to make it harder * Make sure everyone has a chance to be a super goal shooter and goalkeeper Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-23-2" src="pdf-obj-23-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick

Equipment: Balls, cones

SUPER GOAL SHOOTER

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) are put in pairs with one ball between them

How The Game Is Played:

Each pair of players (X) have 60 seconds to score as many goals as they can by shooting back and forth in the same goal (between the cones set up). It’s a race to see which pair can be the top Super Goal Shooters!

NOTE:

* Players must stay at least 10 yards back from the goal * Make sure they strike with the laces and control the ball before shooting * Add goalkeepers in the goal to make it harder * Make sure everyone has a chance to be a super goal shooter and goalkeeper

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick Equipment: Balls, cones SUPER GOAL SHOOTER Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) are put in pairs with one ball between them How The Game Is Played : Each pair of players (X) have 60 seconds to sc ore as many goals as they can by shooting back and forth in the same goal (between the cones set up). It’s a race to see which pair can be the top Super Goal Shooters! NOTE: * Players must stay at leas t 10 yards back from the goal * Make sure they strike with the la ces and control the ball before shooting * Add goalkeepers in the goal to make it harder * Make sure everyone has a chance to be a super goal shooter and goalkeeper Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-23-35" src="pdf-obj-23-35.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies SWAMP THING Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (O) have a supply of balls at one end, pl ayers (X) are on the floor in a crab position on their back How The Game Is Played : The players (O) are running across the swamp dribbl ing with their ball trying to avoid the smelly Swamp Things (X) who are trying to steal their ball. If the Swamp Things touch the players (O) ball with their feet, they must quickly return to the beginning and start again with another ball. If they get past the Swamp Things they must ta ke a shot on the King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) and try and score a goal. They get 50 points for ev ery goal. Each player gets 4 shots each. Who will be king of the swamp……the players or the swamp things? NOTE: * Make sure every player is a swamp thing, goalkeeper, and player * Divide areas with cones, with 2 swamp things in each area so they don’t bunch up * Make sure kids move in a crab position and don’t use hands * The King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) can stand up Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and head up " id="pdf-obj-24-2" src="pdf-obj-24-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling

Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies

SWAMP THING

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (O) have a supply of balls at one end, players (X) are on the floor in a crab position on their back

How The Game Is Played:

The players (O) are running across the swamp dribbling with their ball trying to avoid the smelly Swamp Things (X) who are trying to steal their ball. If the Swamp Things touch the players (O) ball with their feet, they must quickly return to the beginning and start again with another ball. If they get past the Swamp Things they must take a shot on the King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) and try and score a goal. They get 50 points for every goal. Each player gets 4 shots each. Who will be king of the swamp……the players or the swamp things?

NOTE:

* Make sure every player is a swamp thing, goalkeeper, and player * Divide areas with cones, with 2 swamp things in each area so they don’t bunch up * Make sure kids move in a crab position and don’t use hands * The King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) can stand up

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Instep Kick, Dribbling Equipment: Balls, cones, pinnies SWAMP THING Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (O) have a supply of balls at one end, pl ayers (X) are on the floor in a crab position on their back How The Game Is Played : The players (O) are running across the swamp dribbl ing with their ball trying to avoid the smelly Swamp Things (X) who are trying to steal their ball. If the Swamp Things touch the players (O) ball with their feet, they must quickly return to the beginning and start again with another ball. If they get past the Swamp Things they must ta ke a shot on the King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) and try and score a goal. They get 50 points for ev ery goal. Each player gets 4 shots each. Who will be king of the swamp……the players or the swamp things? NOTE: * Make sure every player is a swamp thing, goalkeeper, and player * Divide areas with cones, with 2 swamp things in each area so they don’t bunch up * Make sure kids move in a crab position and don’t use hands * The King Swamp Thing (goalkeeper) can stand up Coaching Points: Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and head up " id="pdf-obj-24-42" src="pdf-obj-24-42.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Shooting accurately using the instep kick Striking the middle of the ball Using the laces when kicking Keeping the eyes on the ball when kicking Dribbling keeping the ball close and head up

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control Equipment: Balls, cones TRIANGLE PASSING Set Up: 15 x 15 x 15 yard triangle, players (X) are split into 2 teams, 1 ball between each team How The Game Is Played : In soccer to move up the field passing we do so in a triangle shape. To practice passing and moving in a triangle shape we set up a triangle with at least 4 players (2 in one corner and 1 in each of the other corners). In a counter clo ckwise motion the players (X) pass the ball to a teammate and follow their pass to stand in their position. The next player continues to pass to another teammate in a counter clockwise direction and stand in their position. This continues for 90 seconds to see which team can make the most passes. NOTE: * Make sure each player controls the ball before passing it on * Always start the game with the ball in the corner where the 2 players are * Change it around and make players play in a clo ckwise direction so they use left and right feet Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-25-2" src="pdf-obj-25-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Push Pass, Control

Equipment: Balls, cones

TRIANGLE PASSING

Set Up: 15 x 15 x 15 yard triangle, players (X) are split into 2 teams, 1 ball between each team

How The Game Is Played:

In soccer to move up the field passing we do so in a triangle shape. To practice passing and moving in a triangle shape we set up a triangle with at least 4 players (2 in one corner and 1 in each of the other corners). In a counter clockwise motion the players (X) pass the ball to a teammate and follow their pass to stand in their position. The next player continues to pass to another teammate in a counter clockwise direction and stand in their position. This continues for 90 seconds to see which team can make the most passes.

NOTE:

* Make sure each player controls the ball before passing it on * Always start the game with the ball in the corner where the 2 players are * Change it around and make players play in a clockwise direction so they use left and right feet

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Push Pass, Control Equipment: Balls, cones TRIANGLE PASSING Set Up: 15 x 15 x 15 yard triangle, players (X) are split into 2 teams, 1 ball between each team How The Game Is Played : In soccer to move up the field passing we do so in a triangle shape. To practice passing and moving in a triangle shape we set up a triangle with at least 4 players (2 in one corner and 1 in each of the other corners). In a counter clo ckwise motion the players (X) pass the ball to a teammate and follow their pass to stand in their position. The next player continues to pass to another teammate in a counter clockwise direction and stand in their position. This continues for 90 seconds to see which team can make the most passes. NOTE: * Make sure each player controls the ball before passing it on * Always start the game with the ball in the corner where the 2 players are * Change it around and make players play in a clo ckwise direction so they use left and right feet Coaching Points: Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking " id="pdf-obj-25-38" src="pdf-obj-25-38.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Push pass using the inside of the foot Striking the middle of the ball Locking the ankles when kicking Placing the non-kicking foot next to the ball when kicking

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding Equipment: Balls, cones WACKY RACERS Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : Each player (X) is given a car (ball) to drive ar ound the busy roads of Soccer Island. They must listen to the road commands given by the coach. They must look out for other cars and the runaway truck (coach). NOTE: • red light = stop the ball with the bottom of the foot • green light = go-dribble • yellow light = stop your ball, run around a cone and stand next to another ball • reverse = drag-back turn • rev the engine = toe-taps on the ball • over the bridge = thigh juggles • turbo boost = speed dribbling • head light = stop and dribble the ball with your head Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Reacting to commands and improving concentration on the soccer field " id="pdf-obj-26-2" src="pdf-obj-26-2.jpg">

21 Fun Games and Drills

Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding

Equipment: Balls, cones

WACKY RACERS

Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball

How The Game Is Played:

Each player (X) is given a car (ball) to drive around the busy roads of Soccer Island. They must listen to the road commands given by the coach. They must look out for other cars and the runaway truck (coach).

NOTE:

red light = stop the ball with the bottom of the foot

green light = go-dribble

yellow light = stop your ball, run around a cone and stand next to another ball

reverse = drag-back turn

rev the engine = toe-taps on the ball

over the bridge = thigh juggles

turbo boost = speed dribbling

head light = stop and dribble the ball with your head

21 Fun Games and Drills <a href=www.simplesoccerdvd.com Skills Used: Dribbling, Turning, Shielding Equipment: Balls, cones WACKY RACERS Set Up: 25 x 20 yard area, players (X) each have 1 ball How The Game Is Played : Each player (X) is given a car (ball) to drive ar ound the busy roads of Soccer Island. They must listen to the road commands given by the coach. They must look out for other cars and the runaway truck (coach). NOTE: • red light = stop the ball with the bottom of the foot • green light = go-dribble • yellow light = stop your ball, run around a cone and stand next to another ball • reverse = drag-back turn • rev the engine = toe-taps on the ball • over the bridge = thigh juggles • turbo boost = speed dribbling • head light = stop and dribble the ball with your head Coaching Points: Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Reacting to commands and improving concentration on the soccer field " id="pdf-obj-26-78" src="pdf-obj-26-78.jpg">

Coaching Points:

Dribbling keeping the ball close to their body while looking up Close control with the ball 2 or 3 feet in front of the player Quick turns keeping the ball under control and accelerating away Dribbling into open space Shielding the ball using their body Reacting to commands and improving concentration on the soccer field

Body Parts Warm - up Game Drill Info: This soccer drill focuses on the younger player's

Body

Parts

Warm - up

Game

Drill Info:

This soccer drill focuses on the younger player's dribbling skills and the ability to think quick on their feet while holding the ball close. Run this soccer drill with at least 2 players but no more than 18. This soccer drill should last approximately 15 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Body Parts Warm - up Game Drill Info: This soccer drill focuses on the younger player's

Create a grid about 15X15 yards. All the players should be inside the grid with a ball of their

own.

Instructions:

The coach shouts a part of the body that the player uses to stop the ball. For example right foot,

left foot, knee, etc.

Coaching Points:

* Encourage players to constantly move and zig-zag while dribbling.

* Keep Close possession. * Head up to avoid collisions.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling

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Cross

– Field Warm up
Field
Warm
up

Drill Info:

This is for ages All Levels. This drill is mainly focused on technical skills during warm up. Run this soccer drill with at lea st 8 players but no more than 18. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes

Setup:

Cross – Field Warm up Drill Info: This is for ages All Levels. This drill is

Players are divided into two equal groups. Group 1 stands along the touchline with Group 2 about 5 yards away facing their partner. Players in Group 2 should have a ball.

Instructions:

The player in Group 2 holds the ball in their hands and jogs backwards across the field making tosses to their partner. The player in Group 1 jugs forward and receives the ball in the all and returns the ba ll to their partner. When the players reach the other touchline, the roles should be

switched and return to the other touchline. The players should work on one of the following skills each time across the field.

  • 1. Receive the ball with the inside of the foot alternating right and left.

  • 2. Receiving the ball with the instep alternating right and left.

  • 3. Trapping the ball with the thigh and returning it to the thrower.

  • 4. Trapping with the chest and returning it to the thrower.

  • 5. Heading back to the thrower – should make the receiver do jumping headers as well.

Variations:

* Reverse the direction of the thrower and the receiver where the thrower jogs forward and the

receiver jogs backwards.

Coaching Points:

* Good body positioning behind the ball. * Controlled touches before playing the ball back.

* Getting a good warm-up.

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Four Corners Agressiveness & Fitness Drill Drill Info: This soccer drill focuses on aggressiveness in winning

Four Corners Agressiveness & Fitness Drill

Drill Info:

This soccer drill focuses on aggressiveness in winning 50/50 balls and fitness. This drill will be more beneficial for younger players under 8 and older. Run this soccer drill with at least 4 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last appro ximately 25 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Four Corners Agressiveness & Fitness Drill Drill Info: This soccer drill focuses on aggressiveness in winning

Create a grid that is 30x30 yards. Create 4 teams and have them stand at each of the four corner

cones. The coach stands outside the grid near the middle of 2 side cones with a large supply of soccer balls.

Instructions:

The coach plays a ball into the center of the grid and shouts out a command (such as “GO”) to begin play. The first player in each of the 4 lines must sprint after the ball in attempt to reach the ball first. Once the ball is won cleanly, the player must hold possession from the other players for 5 seconds before passing the ball back to the coach. If any player steals the ball from the person in possession, that player will then attempt to hold possession for 5 seconds. A team scores a point by successfully holding possession for 5 seconds and making a return pass to the coach. The first team to reach 5 points wins.

Variations:

* The coach can play different types of balls such as flighted balls, bouncing balls, rolling balls,

balls with large amounts of top or back spin.

Coaching Points:

* Players should be taught to go after the ball aggressively with speed, determination and vigor.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling, Technical Aggressiveness

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The Pirate Game – Curse of the Pugg Net Drill Info: This drill is a good

The Pirate Game – Curse of the Pugg Net

The Pirate Game – Curse of the Pugg Net Drill Info: This drill is a good

Drill Info:

This drill is a good drill that can be used to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on good dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety. Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target. Run this soccer drill with at least 8 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a 1/2 field.

Setup:

Build a circle approximately the size of the center circle with a Pugg net in the middle of the circle. The actual size of the circle will vary depending on the age and skill level of the players.

With all players in the playing area, dedicate 9 players with the ball, and 3 players without a ball will be the "Pirates".

Instructions:

Instruct the "Pirates" without the ball to defend the players with the balls. Once the Pirate wins the ball, they attempt to score on the Pugg net in the middle of the circle. If the Pirate scores the goal, that player too becomes a Pirate. Play continues until the last player with the ball wins. If

the pirates have a hard time getting started, the coach can help the pirates at first.

Coaching Points:

Attacking: keep the ball close with head up so the players are aware of defenders and safety areas (space). If the ball is lost, recover quickly and fight to win it back.

Defending: Transition quickly from defense to offensive and stay focused once the ball is won, and find the target.

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Traffic Jam Dribbling Game Drill Info: This game is just out right fun! The kids will

Traffic

Jam

Dribbling

Game

Drill Info:

This game is just out right fun! The kids will have a blast playing this game. This drill is ideal for kids who know how to dribble but just need to learn to get their heads up and dribble under the pressures of mere congestion. Run this soccer drill with at least 8 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Traffic Jam Dribbling Game Drill Info: This game is just out right fun! The kids will

Step off a grid approximately 30X30 yards. Randomly place tall cones and training sticks (flags will work as well) in the middle of the grid. Split the group into 4 even teams who start on the corners of the grid with 1 ball per group.

Instructions:

On the coach’s command, the first player from each line will race through the “Traffic Jam” (training sticks and cones) in attempt to not hit a stick, cone, or another player. Once the player makes it through the traffic jam instruct them to dribble with speed to the line they are facing and pass the ball to the first player in line. That player should immediately head towards the traffic jam with speed in attempt to get through the traffic jam first. At first don’t keep score, simply let the players enjoy the close calls before playing the game. After 8-10 minutes, combine the two teams that are facing each other into one team. Next, have t he players race through the traffic jam to the cone on the opposite side of the grid, around that cone and back through the traffic jam. As each player finishes the race they must sit down to signify to the group that they have completed the race. The team that has all players sitting down first wins the game.

Variations:

For younger players it might be best to start with one or two players entering the traffic jam at a

time.

Since all 4 players should be entering the center area at the same time make sure players are looking ahead of them with their head up. Remind players to keep the ball close when entering the traffic area.

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Frogger Drill Info: This drill will assist the younger player with dribbling under minimal pressure. Run

Frogger

Drill Info:

This drill will assist the younger player with dribbling under minimal pressure. Run this soccer drill with at least 4 players but no more than 16. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field. Make sure you have the following equipment: cones, .

Setup:

Frogger Drill Info: This drill will assist the younger player with dribbling under minimal pressure. Run

Build a grid 20X30 (may adjust if too large or small). Every player must be in the grid with a

ball except for 2 players who will be the FROGS.

Instructions:

All of the players will start on one side of the grid and try to make it to the other side. The two FROGS must hop and try to tag the other players as they try to get to the other side. When a player is tagged, they both become a frog. Play continues until only 2 players are left, who become the frogs for the next game.

Coaching Points:

* Start getting the players dribbling to get their heads up to avoid the frogs.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling

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Ouch ! Drill Info: This drill should be used with younger players (U6 and U8) to

Ouch !

Drill Info:

This drill should be used with younger players (U6 and U8) to introduce dribbling, looking up and properly striking the ball ball at a target. AND IT's FUN! Run this soccer drill with at least 2 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 15 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Ouch ! Drill Info: This drill should be used with younger players (U6 and U8) to

Build a grid 20X30 (may adjust if too large or small). Every player must be in the grid with a ball.

Instructions:

The coach jogs around in the grid and players try to kick their balls and hit the coach. The players get a point each time they hit the coach. The coach should yell OUCH eac h time they are hit to make the game FUN.', '* Make sure the players are striking the ball with the proper part of the foot.

Variations:

* If the players are struggling to hit the coach, the coach should stop for a couple seconds to give the players a chance.

* Use different parts of the foot: Inside, Instep, Right and Left foot.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling, Technical Passing

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The Greeting Game
The
Greeting
Game

Drill Info:

This drill will get the players moving, greeting each other, and a building block to introduce dribbling. Run this soccer drill with at least 1 players but no more than 9. This soccer drill should last approximately 10 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

The Greeting Game Drill Info: This drill will get the players moving, greeting each other, and

Build a grid that is 15X20 yards using cones. Each of the players get inside the grid.

Instructions:

All the players run around randomly inside the grid. The coach calls out various types of greetings, which each players then has to carry out with others: shake hands, high fives (one

hand), high fives (other hand), shoulder to shoulder, back to back, etc. Progressions: Add dribbling.

Variations:

* Add Dribbling

Coaching Points:

* When dribbling, keep the ball close and don't run into other players.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling

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Soccer Tag
Soccer
Tag

Drill Info:

This soccer drill is good for younger players ages under 5 through under 8. This is a fun soccer drill that allows players to gain confidence on the ball while getting a lot of touches. Run this soccer drill with at least 4 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 15 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Soccer Tag Drill Info: This soccer drill is good for younger players ages under 5 through

Build a grid that is approximately 20X20 (or larger depending on the number of players

involved). Each player should have a ball and position them inside the grid.

Instructions:

Instruct the players to tag (touch) other players within the grid. Once the player gets tagged they must hold that area of the body that was tagged while still dribbling while avoiding other tags and attempting to tag others. If players are tagged a 2nd time they must hold both tagged areas while dribbling. If the player is tagged a 3rd time, the player must move to the outside of the grid and perform an exercies such as 25 toe touches, 4 juggles, 25 foundation touches, or push-ups before rejoining the game.

Coaching Points:

* Keeping the ball close to the player. * Head up where they can see ball and players. * Use all parts of the foot while dribbling (inside, outside, bottom, heal, top)

Focus:

Technical Dribbling

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Red Light – Green Light
Red
Light
Green
Light

Drill Info:

This drill will focus on dribbling with the ball close in order

to stop quickly. Run this soccer drill with at least 4 players but no more than 10. This soccer drill should last approximately 15 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Red Light – Green Light Drill Info: This drill will focus on dribbling with the ball

Create a starting line for each of the players, and the coach should move 15-20 yards away.

Instructions:

With the coaches back to the players, he yells GREEN LIGHT and the players try to dribble to

the coach. When the coach yells RED LIGHT, he waits a moment and then turns to face the players. Anyone who is not stopped has to go back to the farthest person from the coach.

Variations:

* Have the players dribble with only the right or left foot.

Coaching Points:

* Make sure the players keep the ball close so they can stop quickly.

Focus:

Technical Dribbling

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The Numbers Game
The
Numbers
Game

Drill Info:

This drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This focuses on the individual dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent. Run this soccer drill with at least 6 players but no more than 16. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

The Numbers Game Drill Info: This drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players.

Create a small 1v1 field approximately 15X20 with two small goals on each endline. Split the group into two even teams and assign a number to each player in each group. For instance if you have 5 players in each group, number off 1-5 in each group. One group should wear alternate jerseys.

Instructions:

The coach will play a ball into the area and call out a number. Those players must then sprint onto the field and pla y a 1v1. The game should continue until a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds.

Variations:

Have more than one 1v1 going at the same time.

Call out two or more numbers to create a 2v2 or 3v3.

Coaching Points:

Encourage players to take on their opponent.

Encourage players to shoot when they have a chance of a goal.

Instruct the players to protect the ball when necessary.

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Knock Out
Knock
Out

Drill Info:

This drill is a great warm-up drill for dribbling sessions. It emphasizes on dribbling and ball control (keeping head up, change of direction and change of pace). Run this soccer drill with at least 4 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Knock Out Drill Info: This drill is a great warm-up drill for dribbling sessions. It emphasizes

Create a grid depending on the number of players and have each player with a ball inside the

grid.

Instructions:

Instruct the players to protect their own ball while trying to "knock out" the other player's balls out of the grid. Players must stay with their ball and cannot leave the ball for long periods of

time. Players can only be "knocked out" 2 times where they do 5-10 pushups and get back in the game. On the 3rd time, they are out.

Variations:

* Make players dribble with certain parts of their foot. * If player dribbles out of bounds their

self they are considered "knocked out".

Coaching Points:

* Instruct players to keep the ball close and touch the ball often * Players heads should be up

looking for other players and be aware of their surroundings *

Focus:

Technical Dribbling, Technical Shielding, Technical Deceptive Moves

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Soccer Ball Smash
Soccer
Ball
Smash
Soccer Ball Smash Drill Info: This soccer drill will focus on the player who is just

Drill Info:

This soccer drill will focus on the player who is just learning to pass, as this drill will focus on passing accuracy. Run this soccer drill with at least 6 players but no more than 18. This soccer drill should last approximately 15 minutes on a 1/2 field.

Setup:

Set up a large grid approximately 40X50 yards. Pair up each of the players and make sure each player has a ball. The two partners should stand near to each other inside the grid but spread away from other groups of players when starting this drill.

Instructions:

Instruct player 1 to pass his bal l forward. After Player 1's ball stops moving, player 2 then passes their ball at player 1's ball in attempt to hit player 1's ball. If player 2 misses, then player 1 tries to hit player 2's ball from where it landed previously. Each time a player hits their opponents ball, they collect a point. The first player to 5 wins that match.

Variations:

Alternate the groups and repeat. Limit players to passing with certain parts of the foot: inside, outside, instep Coaching Points:

Make sure the players are striking the ball with the correct surface of the foot. make sure the weight of the pass is good watch the plant foot to make sure it is pointing to it's target.

Focus:

Technical Passing

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1 vs 1 to Multiple Goals Drill Info: soccer drill is great drill for focusing on

1

vs

1

to

Multiple

Goals

Drill Info:

soccer drill is great drill for focusing on teaching players attacking skills such as taking on their opponent or learning to attack space. Defensively it will teach players the responsibility of man marking. Run this soccer drill with at least 6 players but no more than 18. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a 1/2 field.

Setup:

1 vs 1 to Multiple Goals Drill Info: soccer drill is great drill for focusing on

Make a 40X40 grid. Split your team into pairs with one ball per pair. Randomly set up small

goals (approx 2-3 yards wide) with flags within the grid; one goal per pair. Each pair should begin at their window.

Instructions:

Each team will play 1v1 using their goal only. Goals are scored by dribbling across the goal line. Goals can be scored from either side of their own goal. Players play 1 to 2 minute games and

rotate players.

Variations:

Open it up where each pair can score on any of the other goals. They are still paired up with only their partner and should not interfere with any other pairs going on. Goals can still be scored

from either side of the goals by dribbling through the goal.

Coaching Points:

Attacking: Head up and aware of other players, change of d irection, close control, and change of pace Defending: Bent Knees, aware of attacker, tracking attackers movement and protecting the goal

Focus:

Technical Dribbling, Technical Aggressiveness, Technical Shielding, Tactical Attacking, Physical Quickness/Speed

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Jam - Packed Soccer Dribbling Drill Drill Info: This soccer dribbling drill will give players confidence

Jam - Packed

Soccer

Dribbling

Drill

Drill Info:

This soccer dribbling drill will give players confidence while dribbling through congested areas on the soccer field. Run this soccer drill with at least 6 players but no more than 20. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Jam - Packed Soccer Dribbling Drill Drill Info: This soccer dribbling drill will give players confidence

To begin this drill, create a circle with disc cones that is approximately 20 yards in circumference. Make sure each player has a ball, and instruct them to line up around the outside of the circle.

Instructions:

Have the players begin the soccer drill by dribbling around the outside of the circle all in the same direction. The coach should inform the players to listen for certain queues and perform those actions once the coach shouts the command. These commands are:

JOG - players should dribble at a comfortable speed FULL SPEED - players should dribble at their top speed CUT - players should cut the ball in the other direction and travel in the other direction around the circle CROSS - all players should cur across the grid avoiding contact with other players or other players balls.

Variations:

Think of other commands to add to the drill.

Coaching Points:

Since all 4 players should be entering the center area at the same time make sure players are looking

ahead of them with their head up. Remind players to keep the ball close when entering the traffic area. Have players start playing with their arms up and out for balance and shielding Instruct players to dribble with both feet and all parts of the foot. This is a fun soccer drill, so make sure to HAVE FUN!

Focus:

Technical Dribbling, Technical Turning

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Instep Shooting Drill Drill Info: drill focuses on the instep drive. This is a very important

Instep

Shooting

Drill

Drill Info:

drill focuses on the instep drive. This is a very important method of striking a ball as it is used in shooting. The ball is

struck with the shoelace part of the foot with the toe pointed down and the ankle locked.

Setup:

Instep Shooting Drill Drill Info: drill focuses on the instep drive. This is a very important

Setup a grid that is 25x25 yards and place 3-4 tall cones in the middle of the grid. Divide the

team into groups of 2. Partners stand on opposite sides of the grid facing each other. Each group of 2 needs a ball.

Instructions:

Players get points by knocking over a cone by driving the ball to their partners side of the grid. Any of the players on the side can return the ball by driving it with the instep of the foot while

attempting to knock over a cone.

Variations:

* Drill can be used for younger players to work on inside of the foot passing

Coaching Points:

* Striking the ball with the shoelaces, toe pointed down, ankle locked, non-kicking foot should be next to the ball and slightly behind it and pointed towards the target. Players should try to land

on their kicking foot to use the full transfer of body weight.

Focus:

Technical Shooting

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Angle of Support Possession Drill Drill Info: This soccer passing drill is a great drill for

Angle

of

Support

Possession

Drill

Angle of Support Possession Drill Drill Info: This soccer passing drill is a great drill for

Drill Info:

This soccer passing drill is a great drill for teaching young

players angle of support and spacing. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a small field.

Setup:

Set up a grid that is 10 X 10 yards. Organize the team into groups of three players per grid. Each of the three players should position themselves near 3 different corners of the grid with one ball.

Instructions:

The instructions are simply to never leave an empty cone adjacent to the player with the ball. For example, say the drill begins with a player at position 1 in possession of the ball while players at 2 and 4 start at the cones adjacent to the player at 1. The player at position 1 can pass to either of the players at positions 2 and 4. If the player at position 1 passes to the player at position 2, the

player at position 4 must quickly move to position 3 in order to support the player in “un- defended space”. The play continues with no defensive pressure and players are allowed to pass to either supporting player. This soccer drill is simple, however, players will have to pay attention to the ball movement and often anticipate the next move in order to move to space quicker.

Variations:

  • - Play in 1 or 2 touches.

  • - Add a defender

Coaching Points:

  • - Make sure players are thinking and moving quickly to the next supporting position.

  • - Explain Defended Space (see diagram)

  • - Help players with good angle of support

Focus:

Technical Passing, Technical Receiving, Tactical Support, Tactical Possession, Tactical

Movement with/Without The Ball

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1

vs 1 To Goal
vs
1
To
Goal

Drill Info:

This drill focuses on beating the last defender, staying in control of the ball and finishing with a good shot on goal. Run this soccer drill with at least 3 players but no more than 10. This soccer drill should last approximately 20 minutes on a 1/2 fie ld.

Setup:

1 vs 1 To Goal Drill Info: This drill focuses on beating the last defender, staying

Create a 12 X 5 yard grid just inside the penalty box and assign 1 defender to this grid. Have a goalkeeper play in the goal. Place a cone 7 or 8 yards outside the grid where the remaining players must start with a ball.

Instructions:

The defenders job is to stop the attackers from getting through the grid and out the other side while being restricted to only defending within the grid. The attacker’s role is to simply beat the defender and get a shot on goal. The attacker must attack out the back of the cones and not out the sides of the grid. Rotate the defenders every 1 to 2 minutes.

Variations:

If the attacking player is stopped by the defender, the attacker quickly becomes a defender attempting to stop the next attacker in line.

Coaching Points:

Good Control and keeping the ball close.

Good Shot on Goal.

Beating the defender with speed.

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