Skills taught: In this game the players will practice stop and go dribbling in a crowd. They will have to keep their head up in order not to run into other players and to find their target. The will also learn how to shoot or pass of the dribble when the opportunity is right.
How the game works: Each player has a ball. Pick an inbounds area and use cones toestablish it. The younger the children, the smaller the playing area should be. On the coach's call, the game starts. The players dribble the ball around and try to hit the coach, who is running all around in the inbounds area. After they hit the coach 5 times,
the coach has to make an animal noise selected by the last player to hit the coach.
Freeze Tag (great warm up, dribbling,passing, defense)
Skills taught: the players will practice keeping the ball away from a defender and how to take advantage of a defenders decisions.
How the game works: Set up an in bounds are and give each player a ball except for one. The player without the ball is 'it" and tries to freeze you by touching (not kicking it away) your ball. When this happens the player is frozen and must lift theball above their head and spread their legs wide to create a "goal." The player can be 'un-frozen'
when another player kicks the ball through the frozen players legs. Play until all players are frozen or the player that is it is exhausted.
Tip: This is another great warm up game. The players will just show up and start playing. If your players are not able to get everyone frozen add a secondchaser.
Red Light, Green Light (dribbling in control)
Skills taught: Change of speed and dribbling in control.
How the game works: This well known children’s game makes a great drill. All players start on one side of the field with a ball. Coach yells "Green Light" and turns her back to the players. Yell "Red Light" and then turn back around. All players should have moved forward and nowbe standing still with one foot on the ball. Any player still
moving or without his or her ball, gets sent back to the starting line.
Traffic (dribbling in a crowd)
Skills taught: This game helps players learn to dribble with attention to the players around them.
How the game works: Create a square playing area roughly 10 ft by 10 ft. Divide the players into two groups. Set one group up onthe north side of the square and the other team on the east side. Each player has a ball. On the start all players must cross the square, make the turn when they get to the other side and come back. Make it a
race to see which team can be the first to get its players across and back 3 times.
Tip: Increase the square size to give more room to less skilled players.
Monkey in the Middle(passing, trapping, spacing)
Skills taught: The players will learn to pass under pressure, receive a ball and get rid of it quickly and how to move around to get open.
How the game works: Another game that many kids will already know makes for fun on the soccer field. Divide the kids into groups of 4. Three players set up in a triangle with one ball leaving one player in the middle. The 3 playersin the triangle pass the ball around while the middle player tries to get it. If he gets it, the passing player
goes into the center.
Topple Ball (shooting accuracy)
Skills taught: This is a game that gives the coach an opportunity to teach correct kicking technique and the value of really spotting your target before striking the ball.
How the game works: Set up a cone in the middle ofa large circle with enough cones spaced around it for all players. Each player gets a ball and stands by a cone. The cone in the middle has a ball balanced on top of it. On the coaches call, everyone shoots and tries to knock the ball off. Have the players run and retrieve a ball and set up to play again.
Tip: Divide the kids into 2 groups and have one team compete against the other....