soccer coaching game for improvement in dribbling, passing and shooting

Objective: To improve dribbling skills, ball control and shooting.

Age group: U10s and upwards.

Difficulty: Medium.

Set-up: Set up a 30 yards long by 20 yards wide playing area with a goal at each end.

Place two gates (use flat cones placed about two yards apart) on each side of the playing area and 2ft in from the sidelines.

How to play:

Divide your players into teams of four plus goalkeepers.

Points are scored in three ways:
  1. By passing the ball through a gate to a team mate.
  2. By making a set number of passes.
  3. Scoring a goal.

Coaching points:

Adjust the number of passes required to score according to the age and skill of your players but make sure the target is achievable.

With young players, I suggest you start with two or three passes and gradually increase the number. It's important to let young players achieve success.

The number of points awarded can also be adjusted according to your main objective.

You may wish to emphasise passing. If so, award two points for a pass through a gate.

If you want to encourage possession play, give two points for keeping the ball for a set number of passes.

But always give the most points for scoring a goal. That's what football is all about!

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