Fun Soccer Drills
Though there are many fun soccer drills to choose
from, Bumper Balls lets athletes run around, have fun, and
learn more than others. Athletes start in a small part of
the field, several feet apart but not touching each other.
The coach tosses in one ball. The team must keep the ball
in the air without using their feet.
Other fun soccer drills work
on footwork and distance, but Bumper Balls works on using
other parts of the body to control the ball. Athletes are
required to call out “got it!” so that they do
not injure themselves or others, but they are forbidden from
touching the ball with their arms, hands, or feet. Permissible
passes include those with the knee, stomach, chest, or head.
Athletes must bounce the ball to a teammate, and everyone
must take part to ensure the ball is not dropped.
To make this drill more difficult, coaches can
toss in another ball, increasing the number of balls until
the team cannot control them all. Coaches can put on music
with this drill, but athletes will have a great time no matter
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Hacky Sack Soccer
In this soccer drill, players stand in a small
circle with no more than four players per circle. One team
member tosses a soccer ball into the circle and the others
have to pass it from one to another, using nothing but their
feet. Athletes cannot keep the ball for longer than three
seconds or they receive one point. If an athlete passes poorly,
resulting in the ball dropping, that athlete receives one
point. If an athlete misses a well-passed ball, they also
receive one point.
When an athlete receives five points, he or
she is out of the drill and the circle combines with another
circle. The purpose of this drill is to teach athletes how
to receive the ball, maintain balance, and pass appropriately
to a teammate from a short distance. Athletes are not allowed
to leave the circle to keep the ball from hitting the ground.
In Popcorn Soccer, athletes line up horizontally
on the soccer field. Multiple coaches or volunteers have soccer
balls and stand in front of them, tossing them to the players.
The player to whom the ball comes must make the ball “pop”
like popcorn by bouncing it with their head. Athletes are
not allowed to run to get the ball but they can jump. Whoever
bounces their ball the furthest wins the drill.
Coaches can do this one at a time also by having
players line up vertically and running to the end of the line
after bumping the ball. This drill can also be turned into
a two-team relay with two vertical lines competing to bump
the ball fastest.
Fun Soccer Drills
Fun soccer drills are easy to come by, but there
are lots of free
soccer drill suggestions throughout this website. With
a little competition, athletes will enjoy learning and practicing
skills in soccer practice and coaches will not have to work
hard to keep athletes having fun. Try the drills provided
and see a happier, more energetic team at the next practice!
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