Soccer Drills

Soccer drills are moves that coaches can use to help athletes practice a skill over and over. They are usually somewhat short and involve a sequence of movements that mimic a competition experience or force athletes to focus on a specific aspect of a skill. Soccer drills are meant to be somewhat repetitive, especially for younger athletes, but older athletes can handle drills that are more like a game situation.

For soccer drills, coaches need to pick exercises that directly relate to skills the athletes already know or those that will be taught during that practice. There is no point in having drills available that do not practice skills the coach deems important for the team. In deciding which drills to choose, coaches should keep in mind their athletes’ age and maturity level, skill level, and ability to focus and concentrate.


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Keep Away Passing

Coaches should set up a grid on the soccer field about 15 yards x 15 yards. This can be smaller depending on the age of the players. Four players participate in each drill and need two soccer balls for the group. Three of the players play offense, and one plays defense. The defender should wear a different color or be somehow identified as a defender.

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The point of the exercise is to keep the ball away from the defender. The three offensive players must pass to each other, attempting to keep control of both balls at the same time. The defender works not to intercept the ball but to touch the offensive players.

If the defender is able to touch the offensive player, he then switches places and becomes and offensive player, much like the game of keep away. If the offensive players keep control of the ball for 20 seconds, they receive one point. A total of five points means the drill is over.

The point of this soccer training drill is to help athletes develop a sense of strategy about keeping a ball away from a defender, improve their passing skills, and encourage teamwork between the offensive players.

Flag Dribble

For this soccer drill, coaches should set up flags on the field, fairly close together. This drill is supposed to keep athletes in close proximity, so the flags should not be spread throughout the field. Athletes each have a ball and stand near the flags. On the coach’s whistle, the athletes start dribbling the ball freely, able to move wherever they want in the grid designated by the coach.

The intent of the drill is to keep athletes from bumping into each other or a flag, requiring them to dribble with their eyes up and developing good technique. When the coach blows the whistle again, athletes must race, while dribbling, to the nearest flag. The first player to reach the flag five times wins the drill.

With the soccer drills presented here, coaches should emphasize to athletes that they will not be successful unless they are willing to look away from their feet, especially on this last drill. This is especially important and a useful drill for the very young athletes who may not have developed the skill to dribble while keeping their eyes up. Practicing in this way encourages athletes to win by performing moves correctly.> Soccer Drills

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