U12 soccer drills
There are U12 soccer drills for each of the main positions on the field in this section. Most of your players should now be more comfortable on the ball, so these drills are more advanced and will help players in areas like closing down crosses, improving marking and techniques to wrong foot opponents. Click on the headings below for U12 soccer drills complete with diagrams.
- Goalkeeper training: positioning tips – Soccer coaching tips and tactics to get your young goalkeeper in the right position to make a save.
- Soccer coaching tips to keep your goalie happy – The position of goalkeeper is always the hardest to fill in any youth soccer team. Use this soccer goalie drill and coaching tips to make sure your keeper is happy in his role.
- Tackle techniques to wrong foot opponent – Quick-footed attackers look great when they run at defenders and leave them tackling thin air. You can coach your players how to do this and give them the confidence to go on match-winning runs.
- Three way soccer drill for goalie and striker skills – Strikers and goalkeepers work well together in threes. This quick, shooting soccer drill keeps your goalkeeper on his toes and helps your strikers find the best place to put their shots to beat the opposition keeper.
- Soccer drill to improve marking skills – Work on your players’ core defensive skills with some tips and drills aimed at getting more effective marking of opponents.
- Soccer coaching tips to boost defenders support role – When a defender plays the ball out of his penalty area to one of his midfielders or attackers, he should not stop running. He should run outside the attacker, to help put pressure on the opponents, says Dave Clarke. Use the following soccer coaching tips to put these skills into practice.
- Soccer drills and skills to close down crosses – Use this soccer coaching drill to get your defenders putting a stop to their opponents’ crosses.
- Soccer drill to get your back up defenders in the right place – When a defender is applying pressure to an attacker with the ball it’s important they have back-up in the form of a second or “covering” defender. That’s to ensure that if the attacker beats the first defender, any progress is stifled by the second one. Use these tips and drills to coach back-up skills
- Attack skills game – There will always be situations in soccer matches where a lone attacker faces two defenders, but using this attack game in your soccer training drill sessions can build the skills to help your players give a good account of themselves.
- Soccer drill for overload situations – Attacking against different numbers of defenders means the difficulty level of this soccer drill is changing each time a goal is scored. For the defence, the ability to anticipate and dictate the passage of play is necessary in order to win the ball when the odds are stacked against them.
- Help your attackers when their back is to the goal – Follow these soccer coaching tips and drills to improve your attackers’ understanding and skills when their backs are to goal. It is a skill in itself being able to turn or move the ball into space without having the luxury of seeing where all the defenders and the goalkeeper are.
- Soccer coaching tips to make throw ins attacking – Throw-ins in the attacking third of the field are more than just a way of re-starting play, they’re also a means of launching attacks. Coach your players to make the most of them with the following soccer drills.
- Prepare your team for playing one man down – Get your players practising the following soccer training drill to help them cope in match situations when the team is one player short.
- Footwork soccer drill for goalkeepers – Soccer coaching drills that focus on footwork are essential for your goalkeepers. Using hands to make a save is obviously crucial for shot stopping but if the goalkeeper is not in position, they’ll never get the chance to use their hands.
- Soccer drill to get defenders thinking – In this soccer drill coaching session the defender must react to the opponent’s starting position, think quickly and defend accordingly.
- Muddy pitch warm up drill for goalkeepers – If the pitch is muddy, use this soccer drill to warm-up your goalie’s feet as well as their hands because in these conditions it is the goalkeeper’s footwork that will often be the deciding factor when the ball is played.
- Soccer coaching tips to get a counter attack with a through ball – Coaching players to win the ball off the attacking team, then go straight up the other end to score can be very effective in youth soccer coaching. Use these soccer coaching drill tips to help.