EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Space Wars

The Rules

Two fleets of star fighters start either side of the grid on their launch pads. The star fighters take off on the commander’s order to battle the opposing fleet. To score you must knock an opponent’s ball out of the grid with your ball whilst ensuring that your ball stays inside the grid. If your ball leaves the grid you have been shot down and should crash land outside of the grid. At the end of the battle the fleet with the most remaining star fighters wins.

Main Objectives

Accuracy and weight of passing.

Set Up

Area: 30×30 yard square
Players: 16, 2 teams of 8
Equipment: Cones, ball each

Space Wars soccer drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

Star fighters prepare for battle.

 

Space Wars soccer drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 2

As fighters are shot down they leave the area.

 

Space Wars soccer drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 3

There can only be one winner.

What To Call Out

“Lock on to a target”
“Try to not get shot down”
“Keep your ball close”

Progression

For older children you might allow a hit to include striking your opponent below the knee rather than knocking their ball out of the grid. Not too hard though!

Hint

Keep spare balls at each end as if a player attempts a strike and misses the ball could go anywhere. Shot down players can then act as ammunition collectors to keep the team’s supply stocked.

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