Basic soccer skills

U6-U9 moving with the ball

Warm up: Body Part Dribbling In 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 […]

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U6 balance and co-ordination

Activity Description Objective 1 I can do something can you? The coach begins the activity by saying “I can do something can you?” and demonstrating a physical activity such as jumping jacks. The children then do the same. The coach demonstrations several other physical activities such as: skips, one-legged bounces; star jumps, rolls, etc. After […]

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The reset game V2

The original Reset Game was submitted by Coach Carey in New Zealand) This modified version of the Reset Game is for two teams of four players. I’ve used it with my U13s girls to good effect. It really did show them the benefits of constant movement and making angles so they can receive passes. It […]

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Teach your players the push pass

Ages: 8+; Equipment: Cones/balls/bibs; Players: 12+ Warmup Basic keepaway, with 1-2 defenders and remaining players in large grid, with rule that outside players must keep moving at slow jog. Defenders get 1 pt. if they steal ball, and outside players get 1 pt. if they can get 5 passes in a row. Outside players limited […]

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Chipping the ball

Why is it useful to get players chipping the ball? The chip is used to quickly lift the ball over short distances, for example, to pass the ball over an opponent to one of your team mates or to lift the ball into the penalty area from a few meters away. If executed correctly, the […]

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Tackling for U9+ players

Ages: 8+; Equipment: Cones, balls; Players: 4+ Warm-up Play basic keepaway, requiring the attacker to become a defender when the ball is stolen from him. Use enough defenders so that the players are forced to move around quickly. Individual Work In soccer, the term “tackling” is used to describe any effort to steal the ball […]

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An U6 training session

WARM-UP: A brief warm-up is appropriate in order to get the players thinking about soccer and to prepare them physically for the time ahead. This should involve individual body activities that may or may not involve the ball. Anatomy dribbling is easy and fun. They can also chase their ball as it is thrown by […]

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All skills circuit training

It’s important to vary the format of your coaching sessions occasionally. The traditional format of technical skill, individual practice, opposed practice followed by a small-sided game is tried and tested and it works. But your players will appreciate it if you spend a little time and effort setting up something completely different sometimes. Mini World […]

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