Soccer drills that are fun games are a better way to practice soccer.
Our soccer drills are games that teach important soccer skills. These soccer drills are easy to set up, you will see fast results and your players will enjoy soccer practice.
The soccer drills below keep players active and are fun. We do NOT use elimination games. We developed these soccer drills and they are protected by copyrights and trademarks. These soccer drills have been used by thousands of coaches.
Soccer drills are below for U4, U5, U6, U8, U10, U12 to Adult. That means they are soccer drills for age 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 to Adult.
Best Soccer Drills to Teach Soccer Skills Soccer drills that Involve controlled repetition are the best way to teach soccer skills. To be a good soccer player requires the ability to perform certain skills instinctively while under pressure and playing at Game Speed. Dribbling a soccer ball and being able to pass the ball while running are 2 examples. Because real soccer matches are chaotic, fast and played under pressure, a player needs to be able to play fast while under pressure in chaotic game conditions. Our soccer drills train players to play fast while under pressure in Game Realistic conditions.
Soccer Drills to Teach Players to Be More Aggressive I believe hustling and aggressive play are two of the most important things a soccer coach can teach his or her players. Soccer players who hustle and play aggressively will have more satisfaction and enjoyment from playing than those who don’t. I'm not talking about encouraging dirty, dangerous or unfair play, I'm only talking about encouraging players to hustle, be brave and do their best. If your team doesn’t hustle and play aggressively, you will almost always lose to a team that is significantly more aggressive. When I refer to aggressive play, I mean hustling, not being afraid of making contact and “winning” the “50/50 balls”, which are the loose balls that either team has an equal chance of winning (it’s difficult to win these if you are afraid of contact). The most aggressive team will usually “win” most of the 50/50 balls and will usually win the game. It is critical that your defenders are tough and not afraid of contact. If a player is afraid of contact, you will give up many goals if you play him or her at Fullback or Sweeper. Any soccer player who is afraid of contact is at a disadvantage. Ideally, you want to teach your players to not only be brave and unafraid of contact, but also to hustle and be aggressive about going to the ball and to win loose balls. This is often not easy to teach. Click the link above to go to an article about soccer drills that can teach soccer players to be aggressive and not being afraid of contact.
Teach Players to Spread Out & Not Bunch Up Soccer Drill (Ages 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, U8, U10, U12) This soccer drill teaches soccer players not to Bunch Up and to Spread Out to Attack so they Create Width and Open Space, and starts to teach "Movement Off the Ball" and "Team Attacking".
Soccer Bees Soccer Drill ™ (age 3, 4, 5, 6, U4, U5, U6) A simple, fun soccer drill that is a game. Players buzz like bees and kick the ball at the “giants” (the parents who happened to be attending that practice) to try to “sting” them. For soccer players age 3, 4, 5, 6, U4, U5, U6.
Passing While Running & Aggressive Receiving Soccer Drill (U8, U10, U12, U14 to Adult) This soccer drill is a Practice Game and is my favorite for players U8 and older. It teaches passing while running, Aggressive Receiving, speed dribbling, turning, first-touch control, one-touch play, and teaches receivers to move to the ball and how to receive the ball at game speed and while under pressure, which I call 'Aggressive Receiving'. You will see fast results from this soccer drill.
Soccer Drill to Teach Players How to Steal the Ball, How to Withstand a Shoulder Tackle & Aggressive Play (U8, U10, U12, U14 to Adult) This soccer drill teaches a legal Shoulder Tackle, challenging for the ball to slow the attack, stealing the ball, "strength on the ball" to maintain possession while dribbling, shielding the ball to maintain possession when challenged and aggressive play. In real soccer games, it is critical for players to be able to challenge for the ball and also to be able to retain possession of the ball when they are dribbling. The opposing players will try to use a “Shoulder Tackle” to push your players off the ball when they are dribbling, so they can steal the ball or slow down your attack. Your players need to learn what is called "Strength on the Ball" so they aren"t easily pushed off the ball when dribbling. Young players often aren’t used to physical play, but the fact is that the more physical team will usually win, so you must teach your players how to be physical so they have a chance to be successful. This game teaches defenders how to legally use their shoulder to push an opponent off the ball, which is called a “Shoulder Tackle” (and also called a “Shoulder Charge”) and it also teaches players how to avoid being pushed off the ball while dribbling (which is called “Strength on the Ball”). It will get your players used to contact, which is very important, and teach them to play more aggressively. Soccer is a physical game and by U8 the more physical teams will start to have an advantage. Most parents prefer the word "brave" to "aggressive", so it might be better to talk about teaching players to be "brave". If your players aren't prepared and get pushed off the ball, they will get frustrated. This game teaches players how to shield the ball and to have "strength on the ball" so they can retain possession, and how to legally try to steal the ball from the opposing player who has the ball. When you read the Testimonials you will see that is works. I get lots of letters from coaches about how valuable this game is.
Chase the Coach Soccer Drill™ (U4, U5, U6, age 3, 4, 5, 6) This soccer drill is a Practice Game and is my favorite for kids who are 3, 4 5 and 6 years old. It is easy, fun and kids love it. It teaches dribbling while looking up and how to kick the ball while running.
Control Dribbling, Speed Dribbling, Turning & Breakaways Soccer Drill (U8, U10, U12, U14 to Adult) This soccer drill is the best way to teach control dribbling in traffic, acceleration and turning while under pressure. It is also a great warm-up. It is easy to set up and it can be played 4 times in about 10 minutes.
Stay Away from the Monsters Soccer Drill™ (Dribbling, U4, U5, U6, Age 3, 4, 5, 6) This soccer drill is a simple and fun Practice Game to teach dribbling to U4, U5, U6, age 3, 4, 5 and 6. Every player has a ball and everyone, including the coach, has fun.
Better Way to Scrimmage Soccer Drill (U8, U10, U12, U14 to Adult) This soccer drill explains a better way for most teams to scrimmage. Rec soccer teams should only scrimmage for about 10 minutes of each hour they practice. Scrimmaging
How to Motivate Soccer Players To have a successful team, you must be able to motivate your players. All great coaches agree on this. Motivation, hustle and a good attitude are necessary to success in soccer and in life. This article contains advice from famous coaches.
Soccer Positions Trying to figure out the best soccer positions for your players isn’t only about winning, it is also about putting young players in a position they enjoy and where they can be successful. Teaching soccer positions to young players involves a lot more than randomly assigning each player a position. How to teach positions is one of the most difficult tasks a new coach faces. How to teach positions is one of the most difficult tasks a new coach faces.
Soccer Formations The easiest thing you can do to cause a big improvement in your team’s play is to change to a Soccer Formation and Style of Play that gives your team the best chance of being successful. The problem may be that you are trying to make your team fit a soccer formation and style of play instead of using a formation and style of play that fits your team. The formations that work for Select or Travel teams usually don’t work well for Recreational teams. This article explains why and has a checklist that will help you select the soccer formation that is best for your team.
Soccer Rules The official soccer rules are called the “Laws of the Game”.
Why Our Soccer Drills that are Games are Best for Players
- Our soccer drills are games that provide the best training and fastest skill development. Players will learn soccer skills faster by playing our soccer drills and have more fun too.
- Our soccer drills teach important soccer skills, teamwork and how to play soccer. We don't use old-fashioned silly games like "Crab Soccer". Our soccer games are carefully designed.
- Our soccer drills are easy to set up.
- Our soccer drills are “Self Teaching” and players learn by simply playing them.
- Our soccer drills involve competition and pressure and prepare players to play fast, while under pressure, at “game speed” and in chaotic game conditions. Players will develop confidence and composure.
- Our soccer drills will work for almost any number of players and even or odd numbers (e.g., if only 4, 5, 6 or 7 show up they will still work).
- One coach can manage our soccer drills, assistants aren’t required.
- Our soccer drills don’t require large fields or goals.
- Our soccer drills maximize activity and minimize lines.
- Our soccer drills are designed so they can be used successfully by both advanced and beginning coaches.
What coaches say about our soccer drills:
The kids loved your soccer drills and never lost interest in what they were doing. Coach Elizabeth, Texas
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I've used your free soccer drills in my last 2 practices and the results were truly phenomenal. Coach Jon
I have found that performing practices using your soccer drills has been much more enjoyable for the kids and me. Coach Bradley
I currently coach a U12 Girls team in the toughest division of our league. The Premium tips and soccer drills are great. Coach Chad, CA
Wow, I can’t say enough good things about the approach to teaching soccer through games. Coach Kris, Kansas
I have been using the free soccer drills you offer on your site. My girls are 7 and 1 this season. Coach Jim
I’m a first year soccer coach. After 4 weeks of using your soccer drills and advice, the boys won their first game 12-0. Their biggest win last season was 4-2. Coach Daniel, Australia
We had our last soccer games and practices last week, and I used the Dribble Around Cone and Pass Relay Race with my u10 team. It was such a simple game, but made a big difference. I can’t wait till next fall to use it as part of my regular practice sessions. Tim, OK
We start every practice with Dribble Around the Cone & Pass Relay Race and the Shoulder Tackle game, those are great soccer drills. We are still struggling with passing to space, the girls pass great to the feet. The girls won Saturday 6-1 best of all. I have to remember the girls are only in 3rd grade. Jaini
I consistently use the Dribble Across a Square and the Dribble Around a Cone and Pass soccer drills. They have done wonders for my team. Now for the icing….last Monday night we played the “top” team in the league from last season (who were undefeated again this season) and beat them 7-1. It was heaven to say the least. Coach Chris, TX
I started using your soccer drills last season and love them. Thanks. Coach Elizabeth
We played the “dribble across a square”, “dribble around a cone and pass relay race” and “win the 50/50 ball” soccer drills every practice. Coach Bob
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