soccer coaching game to improve short passing skills

Objective: to improve short passing skills, keep possession, defend and intercept passes.

Age group: Four to eight-year-olds.

Set-up: create an area 40 yards long by 20 yards wide with 10-yard wide zones at each end.

Divide your players into two teams. Each team has a ball and occupies an end zone.

Give players on both teams a number (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc).

How to play: both teams pass a ball to each other in sequence: 1 to 2 to 3 etc.

Note: encourage the players to move to a new patch of grass immediately after passing. If you don't, they will play statues!

Call out a number. The players with that number run across to the opposite end zone and try to steal the ball or knock it out of the playing area. The first player to succeed wins a point for their team.

The first team to 10 points wins.

Note: when a number is called, the rest of the team do not have to pass in sequence any more.

Progression: call out two numbers and/or restrict the number of touches the players in possession are allowed.

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