Warm up: Body Part Dribbling
a 15 x 20 yd area, each player has a ball. The players dribble freely in
the area. When the coach says “NOW”, the players must stop the ball with
any body part. Keep it going
Variation: After the players try it a few times, the coach will yell out a
specific body part. Each player must try to stop the ball with that body
part. Keep it going.
The coach gives praise for creativity and
asks each player what body part they used.
Red Light –
the coach says “green light”, players dribble their ball with their feet.
When the coach says “red light”, players must stop their ball and stand
still. When the coach says “green light” again, the players begin to
dribble their ball again. Have fun with their imaginations…have the
players make “brake’ sounds when coach says “red light” and have them make
loud “motor sounds” when coach says “green light”.
The coach gives praise for creative
movement, whether the ball is being carried with the hands or dribbled
with the feet. The coach applauds dribbling with the feet, change of
direction, etc. The coach highlights players that are dribbling the ball
with their feet and asks if everyone can try to dribble the ball with
Sharks and Minnows
x 15 yd rectangular grid. Two players, the sharks, do not have a ball. The
rest of the players, the minnows, each have a ball.
The minnows line up side by side along one of the 10 yd
lines facing the other 10 yd line. The sharks position themselves inside
the grid facing the minnows. When the coach says, “swim”, the minnows try
to dribble their soccer balls past the sharks, safely to the other side of
the grid. If a shark steals a soccer ball from a minnow or kicks a ball
out of the grid, the minnow becomes a shark and the family of sharks
grows. The minnows that make it safely to the opposite side get to swim
again on the coach’s command. Continue until all the players become
If a shark steals a ball and can dribble it over any line
of the grid, then the shark becomes a minnow and the minnow becomes a
(These are games of inclusion…no one sits out.)
Minnows must keep ball close when being pressured by the
sharks. Minnows must recognize open space so that they can speed past the
sharks if the sharks are busy elsewhere.
Sharks must concentrate on stealing (tackling) the ball.
Get Outta’ There
up a 15 x 20 yd grid with a goal at each end. The goal is 3-4 steps wide
using flags or cones. The players are divided into to teams colour coded
with pennies. NO GOALKEEPERS.
The coach is located centrally on one side of the field,
outside of the playing area. Each team lines up single file on both sides
of the coach facing the field.
The coach kicks a ball onto the field. The first player
from each team chases the ball and plays 1v1. The players shoot at the
goal that is farthest from their starting position. If the ball goes out
of bounds or is scored, the players must get off of the field immediately
and return to the end of their line. If they don’t get off the field
quickly, the coach yells,” Get Outta’ There!” Once the players are off the
field, the coach kicks the next ball onto the field and the next 1v1
begins. The ball is the cue.
If the coach says, “ONE” before he serves the ball onto
the field, then the game is a 1v1, like above. If the coach says, “TWO”
before he serves the ball onto the field, then the game is a 2v2…2 players
from each line play against each other.
The players get repetition on dribbling to beat an
opponent. The players get repetition on shooting. They get the opportunity
to defend 1v1. They get repetition trying to steal a ball from an opponent
The coach must praise their effort and make the game
exciting with his/her enthusiasm.
Cool Down Activity…Hit
Cones are scattered around an
large grid. Each
player has his or her own soccer ball.
Players try to kick their ball so that it hits one of the
cones that have been scattered around the area. They
can start from various distances. After they hit one cone, they can
try to hit another cone.
Coordinate this activity so that everyone isn’t kicking
their ball at the same cone. Let them play and have fun.
Give generous praise for their effort and hard work.
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