Sound of Silence

The Rules

Using a maximum of 1 or 2 touches players pass and move inside the area ensuring that the ball does not cross the boundary lines.

The drill must be completed in silence. Players cannot communicate by talking, clapping, whistling or making any kind of noise.

1 or 2 balls can be used.

Main Objectives

Vision and awareness, first touch, control.

Set Up

Area: 20×20 yards
Players: 6
Equipment: Cones, 1 or 2 balls

Sound of Silence Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds-part 1

Players pass and move within the area.


Sound of Silence Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds-part 2

The game must be played in silence.


Sound of Silence Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds-part 3

Players need vision and awareness to pick the right pass.

What To Call Out

“Keep your head up”
“Move into space”
“Look over your shoulder”


Convert 1, then 2 players to defenders who must try to win possession.

The attacking team tries to achieve a set number of passes, say 10, without the defenders intercepting the ball.

To make it more difficult for the attacking team the defenders are allowed to communicate with each other. This allows themto form a strategy for closing down and winning possession.

Rather than penalising the loss of possession by switching players – as is often used in these games – keep the same defenders for, say, 2 minutes and give a player making a bad pass a chance to do better by having another go.


With bigger groups you will need to either run multiple areas at the same time or increase the size of the area to accommodate more players. 8 v 4 in a 40 yard x 40 yard area, for example.
Keep a count of the passes so you can award a goal when the target is reached and remember to praise the defenders when they do well.

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