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Free Football / Soccer Drills For Kids

Below you will find we have split our Football / Soccer Drills into passing, dribbling, controlling, shooting, 2 v 2, and fun and games drills. Our aim is to provide simple free to view football or soccer coaching drills that will help players of all ages and abilities improve their basic football skills..

We also have the TeachPE.com 1 on 1 football coaching academy ideal for parents working with their son or daugher on how to play soccer. A series of 1 to 1 kids soccer coaching drills which get progressively more difficult.

Football Coaching Drills

Soccer Passing Drills

The following soccer passing drills are aimed at developing passing ability. They are suitable for improving the football skills of young players of all ages. Some of our passing football drills work on accuracy of pass and others focus on being aware of surrounding players. For young players who are learning to play soccer passing along the ground using the inside of the footshould be the aim rather than long lofted passes in the air.

  • Call To Receive - Players jog around a coned area with half the players having a ball. Players with the ball pass to a player without the ball then look for a pass themselves from elsewhere.
  • Avoiding Obstacles - Players pass the ball to each other between 3 spaces crearted by 4 cones over a distance of approximately 20m using limited touches.
  • Circle Drill - One player stands in the middle of a circle and calls for the ball from any player. They control and pass back to the same player then calls for the ball from another player. Change the middle player every minute.
  • Either Side Of Cones - Players pass the ball to each other either side of two cones in an anti clockwise direction or clockwise direction. An excellent football drill for using the first touch to change direction of the ball and create space.
  • Simple 5m Pass - Players pass the ball between each other over a short distance. Ideal for beginners or easy warm ups.
  • Short & Long Pass - Four footballers stand in a rectangle and pass the ball in a zig zag pattern across the short end then diagonally across for a longer pass.
  • In Number Order - Players are given a number and pass the ball to each other in number order.
  • Backwards & Forwards - One players stays still while the other runs back and forwards between two cones receiving a pass each time he is at the cone nearest the first player.
  • Come To Meet The Ball - This soccer drill encourages players to come to meet the ball. A central player receives passes alternately from each side.
  • Pass & Shoot - Player passes the ball then receives it to shoot.
  • 1 In 1 Out - Players are arranged on 4 corners of a square. Two central players receive a pass, turn 180 degrees, pass then follow their pass to the back of the queue.
  • Long Pass Brought Down - The player that starts with the ball plays a lofted pass to the furthest player. The receiving player should head, volley, chest & volley or control ball and pass to the player in the coned box, this player then controls, turns and passes the ball back to the starting player. Rotate players after 10 sets.

Soccer Dribbling Drills

The following soccer drills focus on dribbling and close ball control. Many of these soccer training drills unlike passing drills can be done by young players practicing on their own. Aim to focus on quality and accuracy to begin with rather than speed. When dribbling the ball try to look up as often as possible to get used to being aware of who is around and whether a pass can be made.

Soccer Shooting Drills

The following soccer football drills target shooting skills. Shooting is probably the most fun part of football training and players from all positions enjoy shooting practice. Being able to strike the ball properly is important with the most popular conventional technique being to strike the ball with the laces. Again, focus on quality and accuracy before trying to take the shot under pressure as would be required in a match situation. Players should approach the ball at an angle and kick with the laces following through the ball keeping the foot firm throughout.

Soccer Control Drills

The following football drills are aimed at improving ball control. There is likely to be some cross over between the football skills of the control type soccer drills and the passing or dribbling drills.

Soccer Heading Drills

Heading is often a football skill some young players are not keen on. If done badly it will hurt! Try to build up confidence with short easy heading practice to build condidence. Players should head the ball with the middle of their forehead and try to keep their eyes open. Using the nose or the top of the head is going to hurt.

Soccer Goalkeeping Drills / Goalkeeper training

The following soccer drills are specifically aimed at improving goalkeeping skills and goalkeeper training. The goalkeeper is often overlooked in training sessions and setting up some specific goalkeeping drills will build confidence and help the goal keeper feel valued.

2 v 2 Drills

The following football drills are designed for 2 players to play against another pair. They are ideal for getting all players involved and in contact with the ball yet retaining a competitive small side games approach to coaching.

1 to 1 Drills

One to one Football Coaching - Back yard football drills. These football drills are specially devised for parents to use when working one to one with their son or daughter. They start very simple and get progressively more difficult. Ideal for training in your back yard or local park. Very little if any football equipment is required.

Fun & Games Drills

The following football drills for kids are more fun related games yet still allow kids to work on their basic soccer skills. They are excellent soccer games for kids which bring fun and competition into the training session.

Soccer Agility Drills

The following exercises work on players speed and in particular agility skills.

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