EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Beep Beep!

Objective: This simple little game is excellent for improving the co-ordination and balance of very young players. It also helps them get used to finding space and changing direction.

Number of players:Whole team

Equipment required: Flat cones, a soccer ball for every player.

Age group: U3-U8

Set up: Create a playing area big enough for all your players to move around in freely.

Give each player a flat cone to hold. They are told to pretend that they are cars and the cone is their steering wheel.

How to play: Begin the game by telling your players to move in different ways around the playing area – forwards, with little steps, big steps, hop, move sideways, go backwards etc.

Encourage your players to keep their heads up and avoid crashing their car. Tell them to use their horn and go ‘beep, beep’ if another ‘car’ comes close.

Progress the game by giving the players a ball each. Now they dribble their ball around in the grid, trying to avoid ‘crashing’ into another player.

Coaching point: Encourage players to move around the grid with their heads up and look for spaces to move into.

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