Free Soccer Drills
Soccer drills are the foundation of any soccer
practice, and free soccer drills are no different. Free soccer
drills help athletes practice important skills they will use
in competition. Drills also allow for teambuilding exercises
and encourage perfection of technique through repetition.
Bounce Bounce Pass
The Bounce Bounce Pass is one of many free
soccer drills that coaches can use for athletes at different
levels. In this drill, athletes are split into groups of two.
Each group gets one soccer ball. The first player must bounce
the ball to himself twice, balancing the ball on each ankle.
This constitutes the “bounce bounce” portion of
Athletes can then let the ball hit the ground
and immediately pass it to their partner, who repeats the
bounce bounce portion and passes it back. This drill is highly
customizable, allowing coaches to make the difficulty match
the level of the players. For example, more advances players
can pass the ball without letting it hit the ground, forcing
the players to have more control over the bounce and better
For elite players, coaches can have them bounce
the ball not off their ankle but off their knee or their head
before passing it. By using these varieties, coaches can get
more life out of one simple drill and challenge players to
become better athletes.
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Running Shot Relay
In this free soccer drill, athletes split into
two teams. Each team should have soccer balls placed at even
intervals along the length of the field, one ball for each
athlete in line. Players can either start facing the same
direction, aiming at the same goal, or opposite, aiming at
different goals. If players aim at opposite goals, there must
be an adult volunteer or coach stationed at each goal.
On the coach’s whistle, the first player
in line takes the first soccer ball and dribbles with it,
running down the field toward their goal. When the player
reaches the goal, he or she must take a shot. There should
be no goalie protecting the goal. If the player does not make
the shot, he or she must retrieve the ball and try again.
As soon as the athlete has made the shot, the
next player in line sprints to the second ball on the field
and starts again. As soon as the second athlete makes their
shot, the third player sprints to the third ball in line and
starts the dribbling toward the goal. This continues until
all players have retrieved their balls and made a “goal”
in their designated area. The first team to have all players
successfully shoot a goal wins. This is also a great drill
to add to your soccer
Final Thoughts from eSoccerDrills.com
The free soccer drills presented in this guide
will help any coach customize a program that is right for
their athletes. These drills focus on specific skills and
let athletes practice a skill repetitively, allowing them
to perfect technique. Drills should be sprinkled throughout
the practice and should be given sufficient time.
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