SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | SKILL LADDERS

SKILL LADDERS               AGES 10-13

Soccer Skill Ladders

SKILL
Touch on ball.

SETUP
3 to 4 lines, depending on the number of players.
Set cones 8 yards across from each other with the next set 4 yards away. Repeat for 8 sets of cones in each line.

HOW TO
Players have partners with one ball between them. They must stand on opposite sides in between the 8 zones. The first time players mess up they must return to the end of the line. Points are awarded if players make it to the end without messing up. Game ends when team gets designated amount of points.

CHALLENGES
EASY: (foot volley back to hands), (thigh foot to hands), (head to hands)
HARD: (head, head, hands), (foot, foot, hands), (thigh, foot, thigh foot, hands)

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SKILL BOX               AGES 10-13

soccer skill box

SKILL
Ball skills.

SETUP
25 x 25 yard grid. Every player has a ball.

HOW TO
Players dribble around the grid using all parts of the foot. Left and right. Get them comfortable dribbling. Teach them a new move each practice such as, step-over, V-turn, L-turn, chop inside the foot, chop outside of the foot. Coach yells out commands such as turn, stop, chop, bottom of the foot, outside only, left or right only, etc.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | SHARKS AND MINNOWS

SHARKS AND MINNOWS               AGES 3-12

Sharks and Minnows

SKILL
Dribbling in traffic.

SETUP
25 x 30 yard grid.

HOW TO
3 players start as sharks, the rest are minnows. Minnows start on one end of the grid each with a ball. Sharks start in the middle of the grid. Coach says “go” and each minnow must try and cross the water to the other side without getting the ball kicked out by a shark. If a ball is kicked out the minnow becomes a shark. Game ends when only one minnow remains.

COACHING POINTS
Keep head up and avoid traffic

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | PROTECT THE NET

PROTECT THE NET                ALL AGES

Protect the Net

SKILL
Shooting Drill.

SETUP
Divide into 2 equal teams. Team A by the goal with the goalie and one player on each inside post to help block shots. The rest are lined on the outside of the two goal posts. Team B is 40 yards out in a line.

HOW TO
First player from team B stands facing the coach with legs spread. The coach rolls the ball through first player’s legs, then player must turn and shoot first time on goal. If the ball goes in, the players on team A (everyone except the goalie) must sprint to the flag 30 yards away. If the shot is missed nothing happens. While team A is running team B continues to shoot on goal and for every shot made they must run to the flag. Once time is up, say 2 minutes, the teams switch spots. The 2 players from team A or B helping to protect the net must keep hand on goal post and may not block shots with their hands. They too, must run to the flag if a goal is scored.

ALTERATIONS
For younger kids make the distance they run shorter.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | PROTECT THE BALL

PROTECT THE BALL               AGES 10-13

Soccer Protect the Ball

SKILL
Protecting the ball.

SETUP
Split into groups of 2. Each group has one ball.

HOW TO
One player is on defense and the other is on offense. The offensive player must protect the ball from being touched by the defender using his/her body. Start by the defender trying to touch the ball with his hands, then move to feet. Coach players on importance of body positioning. Player may not dribble away with the ball but must stay in a small area only slightly moving the ball.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | POWER AND FINESSE

POWER AND FINESSE               AGES 7-13

Soccer Power and Finesse

SKILL
Shooting drill.

SETUP
Need a goal with a cone 25 yards out and a group of balls next to the goal for a coach to pass out.Players line up behind the cone.

HOW TO
Players take one touch and then shoot the ball continuing their run to a short ball that is being played out by the coach. Players are out if they miss both shots. Play until one player remains.

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PIRATES OF THE SEA                AGES 3-12

Pirates of the sea soccer practice drill

SETUP
A large circle 15 yards in radius. Triangle of cones in the middle of circle with a tall cone in the middle of the triangle.

HOW TO
One quarter of the players guard the ship (the cone in the middle of the triangle) without balls. The rest of the players (pirates) dribble around and kick the ball at the cone trying to knock it over. No players are allowed inside the triangle.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | PASS AND MOVE THROUGH GATES

PASS AND MOVE THROUGH GATES                ALL AGES

Pass and Move

SKILL
Passing and working of the ball.

SETUP
25 x 30 yard grid. Make several gates 6 yards apart with cones throughout the grid.

HOW TO
Players are in groups of 2 or 3 must travel to all the gates, passing through them to a teammate on the other side. Have them work for 5 minutes to get the feel, then move onto competition. Which group can get through the most in 1 minute? Who can get through all of the gates the fastest? Make it 1 or 2 touch if possible. Make sure kids are getting heads up and calling out names of teammates when looking to pass.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | NUMBER PASSING

NUMBER PASSING                ALL AGES

Number passing soccer practice for coaches

SKILL
Pass accuracy.

SETUP
30 x 30 yard grid.

HOW TO
Give each player a number. The players must pass in order. 1 passes to 2, 2 passes to 3, 3 passes to 4, etc. For larger teams break the team into multiple groups.

CHALLENGES
Try one touch, two touch, count using names, make area smaller or have a defender.

SQUARE 1 SOCCER | DRILLS | NUMBER DEFENDING

NUMBER DEFENDING               AGES 7-13

Number Defending

SKILL
Pass accuracy.

SETUP
Area 35 yards long by 20 yards wide divided into 2 zones.

HOW TO
Split players into 2 teams, each player has a number. Black passes the ball in one half and red in the other. Coach calls out a number and that player goes to defend on the opposite side trying to steal the ball. Whichever team steals first gets a point and the game resets.

CHALLENGES
One touch, two touch, call multiple defenders over. Use more than one ball per side.