Young players learn a lot from the environment you create, the words you use and the way you explain the sessions to them. Making sure the atmosphere and the games are fun is key to success in your coaching. MORE
Three Ways to Win
Objective: to improve dribbling skills, ball control and shooting.
Age group: U8 upwards.
Set up: set up a 30×20 yard playing area with a small goal at each end.
Place two gates (use flat cones placed about two yards apart) on each side of the playing area and a foot or two in from the sidelines.
Divide your players into teams of four. No goalkeepers.
How to play:
Points are scored in three ways:
1. by passing the ball through a gate to a team-mate;
2. by making a set number of passes or
3. by scoring a goal.
It’s important to let young players achieve success so adjust the number of passes required to score a point according to the age and skill of your players.
With young players, I suggest you start with two or three passes and gradually increase the number.
If you want to encourage keeping possession give more points for keeping the ball for a set number of passes.
But always give the most points for scoring a goal. That’s what soccer is all about!