There is nothing more satisfying than bending the ball from free-kicks or swerving it at goal from open play in and around the box. Watching a wall stretching up but unable to reach the ball as it hits the back of the net is the dream of every young player – and of every coach if they were really honest. MORE
Kick-off (U7-U12 activity)
“Pass the ball forward to a team mate” • “Now dribble the ball” • “Support the player with the ball”
Mark out a circle measuring 10 yards across and place a cone in the centre. The centre cone represents the centre spot on the pitch.
Have two players take the kick-off from the centre cone – one passing forward into the opposition half and the other receiving and running forwards with the ball.
Have one opposition player stand 5 yards away from the kick-off on the edge of the circle. He can move after the kickoff has been taken. Get him to try and block any runs, forcing the player with the ball to pass.
The move finishes with either a pass back to the first player, a dribble past the opponent or the opponent winning the ball.
The only thing players need to remember at the kick-off is that the first movement of the ball must be forward.
How many players do I need?
Work with players in threes with different players taking the kick-off.
Laws of soccer
Start and restart of play
Procedure: A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored.
Opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. The ball must be played forward. In Mini Soccer a goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play.