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Stick to basic favorites. They know them as regular games, just toss in a soccer ball and they become soccer games. This is not about learning strategy!
U4 is played 6 on 6 with a goalkeeper.
- Simon Says
- Red Light, Green Light
- Red Rover
- Hit the Coach (encourage players to chase coach with the ball at their feet, shoot at the coach to ‘hit’ the coach)
- Obstacle course (throw in tumbling and animal noises, WHY NOT?)
Just encourage the kiddies to keep their ball at their feet, not in their hands, and to shoot at the opposite net.
Still fairly basic, the focus is still more on skill than strategy. Skill can be encouraged by utilizing some of these drills. Adapt them as you see fit! And feel free to throw in some favorite games, such as were mentioned in the U4 section above.
U6 and U8 are played 6 on 6 with a keeper. While you can give some variation to this, generally you will play 3-2-1. This means 3 Defenders, 2 Midfielders, and 1 forward. Feel free to mix that up and try different positions.
- Control the ball while moving by making light touches advancing the ball ahead of the feet using the inside of the foot, the outside of the foot, or the laces.
- Each player has a ball
- Standing in one place, have player start by standing, lifting foot to touch the top of the ball with the bottom of the foot. Alternate left and right foot.
- Advance to hopping to tap the top of the ball with the bottom of the foot without stopping while switching feet.
Rolling the ball
- Use basics from toe tap, now roll the ball left and right by using the bottom of the foot on the top of the ball for very short quick distances.
- Advance to quick turns, advance on the ball, stop the ball and roll it backwards by using the bottom of the foot on the top of the ball. Pivot 180 degrees, turn and do it again. Alternate using left and right foot.
- Make teams of two. 1 ball is shared between them.
- Pass back and forth. Use the inside of the foot, outside of the foot, or laces. NO TOE KICKS. Players have very little control when using the toe.
- Have players line up to shoot on the goal keeper. Tap the ball in front of them, take a couple steps before shooting.
- Tips: Contact the ball with the laces or flat inside of the foot. As mentioned before, discourage punting the ball off of the toe. Plant non-shooting foot beside the ball, not ahead or behind.
Dribble into the Square
- 4 cones indicate the outside of the square
- Every player has a ball. All players start by standing on the imaginary ‘outside line’ of the square, facing inwards.
- On cue, all at the same time, all players dribble their ball straight across the square to the opposite outside line, turn at the line, and dribble back to original position.
- Teaches ball handling while forcing players to keep their heads up to watch for other players crossing through the square.
- If too complex, do half the players at a time.
Dribble and Pass
- Make teams of two players. Each team has one ball.
- On cue the starting player dribbles the ball from the starting position on the right side of the starting cone across to the left side of the turning cone, and all the way around the turning cone.
- Once around the turning cone, pass the ball to the second team mate. The second team mate then follows the same dribbling route. As the second team mate is dribbling, the first team mate runs back to the starting position, and prepares to receive the pass from the second teammate. This continues until each player has made 5 passes.
- Use 3 players per team
- Instead of passing back, simply have the player dribble a figure 8 and the give the ball over to the second player.
- To make it more difficult, put time restrictions (must get around and make pass before whistle) or lengthen the distance between the starting cone and turning cone (longer passes)
Running the Gauntlet
- Create three square 12 feet by 12 feet using cones.
- One defending player is within each square.
- All remaining oncoming players line up at the first square. Each lined up player has a ball.
- Oncoming Players with the ball attempt to carry their ball through each of the consecutive squares. Each defending player initially placed within the square tries to kick the approaching players ball out of the square.
- Oncoming Players carrying the ball attempt to make it through all three squares without losing their ball.
- Players who do not make it through start again. Players that do make it through replace one of the defending players initially in the square and try to kick oncoming players balls out of the square.
- C= Cone DP= Defending Player OP=Oncoming Player
U10 is played 6 on 6 with a keeper. This can be played 3-2-1; with 3 defenders, 2 midfielders and 1 forward. You could also do 2-2-2.
U10 focuses on skill and strategy. Use some of the drills listed above for skill development.
- In partners, with one ball shared, about ten paces apart, one partner lobs the ball (can use hands) and the other partner heads it back
- Connect with the ball on the top-front of the forehead, not the temple or face!
- Advance to attacking headers. Partner lobs the ball not directly at the player, player has to take steps to get to, and jump to head the ball.
- Ball is held in both hands, must be thrown directly over the head, not to the side or with one hand.
- Both feet must be touching the ground when ball is released. Player must not cross the out of bounds line when the ball is released.
- Make a 20 ft x 20 ft square.
- All players are within the square, each player has their own ball.
- The object is to handle your own ball in the square, maintain control while trying to kick other players balls out of the square. Players who lose their ball are out
- Every player is in the square with a ball except one player. The one player without a ball tries to kick other players balls out of the square.
- As a player loses their ball, they join the person without a ball in trying to attack players and kick their balls out.
- Eventually, this will lead to all players without a ball teaming up on the one person who still has a ball.
Also focus on moving the ball up the field using 6 players. Don’t be afraid to make the goal keeper do some passing too, they’ll need those skills as much as any of the players.
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