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Triangles

Objectives: To practice support play, passing and receiving. Age group: U9s to U15s. Set-up: Create a 20-yard square for every five players in your squad ...

Pass!

This game is a great way to improve passing and receiving skills as well as the ability to spot and execute a through-pass. Age group: ...

Gladiator

This game is one of my "back pocket" games. It's simple, competitive, suitable for all ages, any number of players and it teaches good defending ...

The Fabregas game

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas is probably one of the best holding midfielders in the game - he just doesn't give the ball away. This game will ...

Beep, beep!

This simple little game is excellent for improving the co-ordination and balance of very young players. It also helps them get used to finding space ...

Four way football

This game will encourage young players to play with their heads up and spot opportunities as they try to score in three goals while defending ...

Through the tunnel

This game was sent in by Chris Hulme of Whetstone Juniors FC Objective: To improve passing, tackling and communication skills. Age range: U7s to U10s. Number of ...

Where’s the goal?

This is a great way to help young players play with their heads up and work together to score goals. Age group: U6s to U10s ...

Short corners

The traditionally taken corner kick in youth soccer, particularly for very young players, rarely results in a goal. That's because it's very difficult for children ...

Clear the decks

Age group: U10s upwards Objective: To improve short and long passing skills Equipment: Cones to mark out a grid, several footballs. Set up Play on ...

Long crossing technique

It is important to stress to all your players that when they are going for distance, or want a high-crossing ball, they must always kick ...

Through the gate

This simple game works on your players' ball control skills. It's particularly good for players of intermediate ability. But players of all ages and skill ...

The stepover

It's important to teach your players new soccer skills and let them try them out in matches. Simple moves like the stepover, also known as ...

Line passing

Coaching objective: to improve passing and receiving skills, communication and decision making. Experience: U9 upwards. Set-up: split your players up into equal teams of four, ...

Improve your players’ passing skills

As anyone who coaches very young children knows, you don't see much deliberate passing in matches involving four, five or six year olds. Very young ...

Dynamic warm up routine

This is a 30-minute warm-up drill that is suitable for players over the age of nine or 10. Begin with players in pairs jogging around ...