Games for very young players

Ouch!

Here is a fun soccer coaching game I’ve used for U6 teams and even U8’s. I use it a lot at the end of practice so that the kids go home with a smile. We call it “Ouch” All the kids get a ball in a confined space and must dribble it around until they can […]

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Link tag

Focus: Turning, deception, using space off the ball. Age: U6 and up. Equipment: A couple of bibs. Players: A full team works well. Minimum of about 10. Space: Area about 40 x 40 yards. No need for marking. Introduction: Turning, deception, and feint moves are undeniably useful in the game of soccer. These moves can […]

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Freeze Tag

Easy to explain, fun and fast moving, freeze tag (or ‘stuck in the mud’) never fails. Playing .. Select 1 player who is “it” Mark off a grid with cones 10 yards X 10 yards Each of the remaining players should be standing in the grid with a ball waiting for the coaches whistle. On […]

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Circle game

Organisation Mark a circle having a centre mark (line intersection; a coin; a scratched “X”). A centre circle works well, but regulation size will be too big for young players. 5-yard radius for 6-year olds; 6-yard for 7-year olds, etc. Use marker disks to make a circle. From centre spot pace out radius by going […]

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Blob Tag

All the players are inside the grid. All but three have a soccer ball at their feet. The three without a ball form a ‘blob’ by holding hands. The blob moves freely in the grid and tries to kick any player’s ball out of the grid. If a player’s ball leaves the grid he/she joins […]

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Basic ball skill games

The games described below can easily be incorporated into practice sessions for young children. They’re fun, simple to explain and help reinforce basic skills without any pressure. Red Light – Green Light For the very young Under 6 the game of Red Light – Green Light is an easy game to learn and teaches the […]

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Anatomy dribbling

Focus: Dribbling, quick reaction Area: 10 yard square Players: Any number Equipment: One ball for each player Formation: Players dribble freely inside the square. Procedure: While players dribble, coach calls out a body part such as “left foot”. Players put that part of the body on the ball as quickly as possible. Let anticipation build […]

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