Guard the Castle
The Guard the Castle drill is a great small-sided game that focuses on passing in numbers up situations. This soccer passing game is a fun drill the kids will love it!
Guard the Castle Soccer Passing Games
The Guard the Castle drill is a great small sided game that focuses on passing in numbers up situations This is a fun drill and the kids will love it!
- Set up a grid that is 12 X 12 yards.
- Organize the team into groups of four.
- One of the four players should wear an alternate jersey and be the designated defender (guarder of the castle).
- Place a 9" tall cone or a disc cone with the ball on top of it in the middle of the grid; this will become the “castle”.
- The attacking players begin with one soccer ball.
- The three attackers should pass the ball around the defender in the grid in attempt to knock down the castle with a pass.
- A point is awarded when the castle is knocked down.
- The castle is considered knocked down when the ball is knocked off the cone or the tall cone is knocked down with a pass.
- If the castle is knocked down with a foot, reset the castle and continue play. No point is awarded.
- Once the attackers score 3 points, switch the defender.
- Depending on the age level and skill of the players, you can remove the 12 x 12 grid limitations, or make the grid smaller for very skilled players.
- If players are standing next to the cone, you can build a 3x3 grid and not allow players to step into that small grid.
- Require players to complete a certain number of passes before they are allowed to knock down the castle.
- Play 1v1 and focus on dribbling skills.
Drill Coaching Points
- Instruct players to get their heads up to find the pass.
- Make sure the players are passing the ball with proper weight on the ball.
- Make sure players are moving about the grid in order to find open space.
- Make sure players know it is ok to dribble the ball to space or beat the defender before making the pass.
- Make sure players are making the easiest decisions when passing.
- 9" Tall Soccer Cones - Add 9" Tall Soccer Cones to your equipment bag as they make excellent agility and fitness cones, field border markers, or utilized in soccer training.
- Scrimmage Pinnies/Vests - Scrimmage vests, also called bibs or pinnies, are also another must-have in your soccer coaching equipment bag.
- Soccer Practice or Training Balls - Every player should have a soccer balls at practice to have a successful training session.
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