Games for very young players

Dribble races

This is such a simple game but it is one my players always enjoy playing. Objective: To improve ball control. Experience: Any. Set up: A square playing area that’s suitable for the age of your players. If your players are very young, 20 yards by 20 yards is adequate. Put four or five footballs in […]

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Two colour soccer

Objective: to practice ball control, passing, support play and intercepting passes. Age range: U4s to U7s Set-up: create an area 20 yards long by 15 yard wide with flat cones. Split your players up into two teams wearing different coloured bibs (pinnies) i.e., one team wearing white and one team wearing blue. You stand in […]

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Treasure hunt

Objectives: To improve dribbling and defending skills. Age range: U5s to U8s. Number of players: Twelve (but can be easily adjusted for larger or smaller numbers) Equipment required: Flat cones, at least 10 to 15 balls. Set-up: Divide your players into two, uneven teams. For five and six-year-olds, 8v4 or 9v3 are appropriate. If your […]

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Earthquake

Age range: U5s to U8s. Difficulty: Easy. Equipment: Some flat cones to mark out the playing area, a ball for every player. Set-up: Create a playing area big enough for all you players to move around in freely. For 10 U6 players, a 20-yard square is a good size. How to play: All the players […]

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Fast Feet

This game was sent in by George Quinn. Objective: To improve dribbling and passing skills. Age group: U5s to U10s. Number of players: Whole squad. Equipment required: Flat cones, balls. Set-up: Create a cone circle big enough for four or five players to dribble around in comfortably. For U5s, a circle 10 yards across should […]

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Musical chairs

This is a good warm-up or you can use as part of a soccer session that focuses on dribbling the ball. It’s fast, fun, competitive, easy to explain and easy to play. Number of children: Six to 16. Equipment required: Twenty or so flat cones and a ball for each soccer player. Set-up: Create two […]

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Simon says

Your young soccer players will already know how to play this popular game. It’s a lot of fun for the little ones and it’s great for improving their ball control skills and concentration. Purpose of the Game: to encourage children to run with the ball, keeping it close to their feet, and to carry out […]

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Easy 2v2

Just about every youth football coach knows the value of playing SSGs (small sided games) and many think that 4v4 is an ideal way for children to learn the game. But sometimes even 4v4 is too big and complex. Four and five-year-olds (and even older players) need to practise 1v1 skills and build their confidence […]

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