Soccer Drills For Kids – Enjoy These 5 Fun Soccer Drills. As A Coach, Running Soccer Drills For Kids Can Be A Challenge. However, There Is A Way To Keep The Kids Occupied By Using These 5 Easy Soccer Drills For Kids.
As a coach running soccer drills for kids can be a challenge. You know that certain drills are really necessary for improving their skill level but yet kids just want to have fun and have a hard time wanting to work on skill sets.
If you have kids and they want to improve soccer skills then you would like a coach who has some good soccer practice plans because it is challenging to get certain ages to stay focused for at least 10 minutes at a time.
The younger the player the harder it is to keep them focused. Would you agree?
So, how do you keep your kids focused on a specific drill while working on their soccer skills?
Being a coach myself, I have wrestled with this question many times and I have finally figured out what the answer is.
Fun Soccer Drills For Kids
The answer is FUN! FUN! FUN!
Now don’t get me wrong, there should be a level of respect for the coach and some structure to the actual soccer drills and games, but kids want FUN soccer drills so they can enjoy themselves when playing the game.
They will not sit through you lecturing them about a drill and stopping every 5 minutes to critique something.
Let them play and at the end of the drill fix what needs to be fixed.
This article is going to give you the proper drills that aren’t complicated and incorporates fun into each drill.
5 Easy Soccer Drills You Can Do With Kids.
I promise that if you use this workout over and over and over again you will see your child’s skill improve and will get them ready for the next level.
Dance, Dance, Revolution – Whup Whup-
- Set up 5 cones in a horizontal line.
- Player 1 is weaving in and out of cones working on footwork and speed
- Player 2 is tossing the ball to player 1’s foot to volley after weaving through cones
- After the volley, player 1 does a little dance of his choosing and proceeds through other cones.
- Player 2 can change what area of the body he wants player 1 to volley it from
- Inside of the foot or top of the foot
- Knee to top of the foot
- From chest to inside of the foot
Clean Up the Trash-
- Set up 6 cones in a shape of a rectangle with about a 15-yard rectangle.
- Split team into 4-5 players giving each player a ball.
- The object is to get as many balls into the other team’s grid by the end of the drill.
- Kids will work on passing, shooting, a movement to balls, and how to have fun.
Hit Your Coach-
- Each player gets a ball and is trying to dribble and shoot the ball to try and hit you.
- If they hit you they get 1 point.
- The first person to 3 points wins the round.
Now, who doesn’t like Simon says when you are a kid?
This is a simple drill to have your players imitate what you do.
- Each player will have a ball.
- Have each player in 2-3 rows depending on the group size
- You will say, “Simon says, (Name an action they have to do)”
- Juggle the ball by yourself or with a partner.
- Set a goal for your players. If they reach it, praise them and then encourage them to do one more than they did previously.
- I would recommend to start with 2 juggles depending on the player’s talent and then go from there.
There ya have it!
Having a good soccer practice plan is key to running these drills so that the kid’s attention span will be occupied while they are having fun playing and learning better soccer skills.
Loving, serving, and bringing value to others,
Coach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his CoachUp profile.
PS. If you have any experiences or stories (I love to hear your game stories, win or loose) about anything soccer please feel free to leave it below. Or ask me a question and I promise I will do my best to answer it!