EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Skill Relays

The Rules

Divide players into equal teams, each team has a channel to work in.

One player from each team stands at the far end of the channel where a box is placed.

The first player in line runs down the channel to the box at the end and plays 10 quick passes with their team mate.

They then replace their team mate who sprints back to the team and tags the next player who repeats the drill.

The relay ends when all players have completed the skill and returned to their team.

Award each team points based on their position (3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd, for example).

Main Objectives

Improve speed, control, technique and teamwork. Great entertainment and competitive fun.

Set Up

Area: 30×4 yards with 4×4 yards box
Players: 8 or more
Equipment: Cones, balls

Skill Relays drill for 9 to 11 year olds - part 1

Players sprint down the channel.

 

Skill Relays drill for 9 to 11 year olds - part 2

They complete the skill with a team mate.

 

Skill Relays drill for 9 to 11 year olds - part 3

The team mate sprints back and tags the next player in line.

 

What To Call Out

“Count your passes out loud”
“Keep the ball under control”
“Tag your team mate when you get back”

Progression

Many different skills can be used instead of short passing. For example, volleys, headers, and even back heels.

One favourite is to put a tall cone 6 yards past the box and play Spinners. The players take turns to dribble out to the box where they stop the ball before running on to the cone.

They place one hand on the cone and one on their head and spin around the cone ten times, then attempt to dribble the ball back down the channel.

Hint

Spinners is great fun to play and watch. However, some children might not want to play it so remember (as always) not to force anyone to take part. This has never happened to me though.

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