Clear the decks soccer drill
age group: U10s upwards
ObjectiveTo improve short and long passing skills
EquipmentCones to mark out a grid, several footballs
Set upPlay on a 7-a-side pitch or use cones to mark out a 60x40 yard grid with a halfway line. Divide your players into two teams with each team occupying one half of the playing area. Place half the soccer balls behind each end of the grid.
How to playOn your signal, both teams attempt to get all the balls into their opponent's half without crossing the half way line.
Encourage accuracy by telling your players that if they kick the ball out of their opponent's half - either out the back or across the side - it counts against them when the game is over.
At the end of agreed time (30 secs-1 minute) award 1 point to the team that has the most balls in their opponent's half.
Insist that the ball is in the air when it crosses the halfway line so players can practise chipping the ball.