fun soccer game to improve ball shielding skills for younger players
|Objective: This is a
fun game called "Keepaway-in-a-Box" that helps younger players of all skill
levels improve their ball shielding skills and understand the principles of individual
Age range: U6s to U9s.
Set-up: Pair your players up in a relatively small playing area. For ten U7s, 10 yards square is ideal.
The playing area should not be so big that the game turns into running and chasing. The objective to protect the ball in a confined space. One ball between two.
How to play: The game starts with both players in each pair placing one foot on the ball.
Coaching note: An alternative to eliminating players who let the ball go out of bounds is to make them wait for a few seconds before returning to the game. But that means that no one "wins" and, as Steve says, the game is so fast and over so quickly that no pair of players is out for more than a minute anyway.
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