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
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.
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
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
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