Free kick (U7-U12 activity)


Free kick


“Understand the ball must be still when it is kicked” • “Understand one player takes the kick” • “Kick the ball forwards”

Set up a free kick situation in front of goal, but not in the penalty area. You will need a player to take the kick and a team mate to support him. Put two defending players between the ball and the goal. They must be at least 5 yards away from where the kick is taken.

When you say “go”, the player takes the kick. All free kicks are direct at this age group, so he is allowed to shoot straight at goal, but you may want your players to pass the ball if it is too far away to shoot, as they are doing in the diagram.

Whether the free kick taker chooses to pass the ball or shoot at goal, the important thing is to avoid hitting the players directly in front of him, as this may prompt a counter-attack.

Once the free kick has been taken, the kicker cannot touch the ball again until another player has touched it.

In reality there are few free kicks in mini soccer, but players need to know what to do in the event of one being given to them.

How many players do I need?

We’ve used five here, but get all your players to have a go. Remember to change round your attackers, defenders and goalkeeper.

Laws of soccer

Free kick
All free kicks are direct and opponents must be 5 yards from the position the infringement took place.
The ball must be stationary when kicked.

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