The soccer drills listed below are age specific soccer drills for Under 5 U5 Soccer Drills, Under 6 U6 Soccer Drills, Under 7 U7 Soccer Drills, Under 8 U8 Soccer Drills, Under 9 U9 Soccer Drills, Under 10 U10 Soccer Drills, Under 11 U11 Soccer Drills, Under 12 U12 Soccer Drills, Under 13 U13 Soccer Drills, Under 14 U14 Soccer Drills, Under 15 U15 Soccer Drills, Under 16 U16 Soccer Drills, Under 17 U17 Soccer Drills, Under 19 U19 Soccer Drills, Soccer Games and Soccer Training Sessions.
Sharks and Minnows
This drill focuses on the U6 and U8 player and their ability to dribble out of pressure. This drill can be used to focus on the player using their body to protect the ball by placing their body in between the ball and the defender.
This drill should be used with younger players (U6 and U8) to introduce dribbling, looking up and properly striking the ball ball at a target. And best of all, it's FUN!
Pirates of the Pugg
This soccer drill is a great soccer drill using a Pugg Goal
that can be tweaked to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on good dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety. Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target.
4v3 Attack vs. Defense
This attacking soccer drill is a great drill to focus on finishing. Since the attackers have the numerical advantage, they should learn how to exploit their advantage and finish with a shot on goal.
The Numbers Game
This drill focuses on the 1v1 situational play for younger players. This focuses on the individual dynamics of this game such as dribbling, shooting, shielding, turning and beating an opponent.
3v3 Plus 3
This drill focuses on keeping possession. Passing, receiving, movement, and angle of support can be singled out. Causes players to look up and be aware of the surrounding players.
Four Corners Passing Game
The Four Corners Passing Game is a great soccer drill to focus on passing, changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.
This soccer dribbling drill is for U6 and U8 players. This drill focuses on dribbling and keeping close control for quick instructions. Also works on listening skills for the younger player.
1 v 1 to Goal
1 v 1 to Goal is a great soccer drill to improve goal scoring. This drill focuses on beating the last defender, staying in control of the ball and finishing with a good shot on goal.
4V4 With 5 Goals Inside The 18
This is one of my favorite soccer finishing drills
as it works on every aspect of finishing inside the 18 yard box. Important soccer finishing skills such as chipping, crossing, heading, finishing and composure in the 18.
5v2 Rotating Defenders
This 5v2 drill will focus on keeping possession by making good passes as well as good passing decisions, moving to open space, and good communication.
Split the Defenders Passing Game
This soccer drill is great for a little more advanced player from 11 years old to 14 years and focuses on passing to split two defenders.
Finding the Target Player
This drill is designed to encourage midfield and defensive players to look up field to find the "Target Player" and play to that Target player.
This drill is great to focus on 1v1 play. It is flexible and can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side. On the offensive side you can get attackers to attack the defenders with speed, quick change of pace with an explosive touch to get away, getting behind the defensive players and shooting at half chances. On the defensive side, you can focus on closing down quickly, forcing the attacker to the side and closing down the attack.
Attacking from the Midfield
This attacking soccer drill focuses on building an attack from the midfield and focuses on the midfield players getting forward into the attacking third.
Red Light, Green Light
This soccer dribbling drill is for U6 and U8 Players. This drill will focus on dribbling with the ball close in order to stop quickly.
This is a fun soccer drill
that focuses on young soccer players dribbling skills and aids in player awareness. It is a great drill that causes players to change directions quickly to find space and avoid being tagged. This game is bit harder than Soccer Tag
Speed of Play Warm-up
This soccer drill
is a great warm-up to sessions relating to speed of play. Players must have a good grasp of basic passing and receiving skills to successfully execute this soccer drill.
2v2 Dribbling to Beat the Defender
This drill helps players recognize when to dribble, pass, or get off a shot once the first defender is beaten.
The Greeting Game
This soccer drill is specifically designed for younger players (U-6 and U-8). This drill will get the players moving, greeting each other, and a building block to introduce dribbling. Good for Camp activities for the younger players.
Attacking the End Line Crossing Game
This drill focuses on attacking from the end line from the flanks and serving a ball in. This is a great crossing game to isolate the flank players and getting them to serve the ball in front of the goal.
Flighted Balls in the 18
This soccer drill is designed to focus on chipping, trapping and shooting inside the 18. If you need your team to feel more comfortable inside the penalty box, you have to practice there.
Quick Transition Game
This soccer drill is a great way to focus on attacking and defending and is great for teaching the basic principals of soccer. The game can be modified to teach many aspects of the game.
The Soccer Gauntlet
The primary focus of THE SOCCER GAUNTLET is centered around good dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness.
World Cup Soccer Drill
The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great shooting game for kids of all ages. The World Cup Soccer Drill is a great game to work on game like situations with number down situations.
Trapping with Passive Opposition
This soccer trapping drill focus on trapping and control with the addition of a passive defender. The defender causes the receiving player to be more aware of their surroundings.
Goalkeeper - Shooting Angle
This Goalkeeping Shooting Angle Drill is great for improving Goalkeeper positioning and angles when being shot on. This drill focuses on correct footwork, proper angles, and quickly setting the goalkeepers feet for the shot.
Defensive Overlapping Drill
This is a great drill to teach fullbacks to overlap midfielders and getting the defenders into the attack. This is a great starting point to teaching defensive overlaps.
Down and Back Dribbling Game
This drill is most effective with young players just learning to dribble. This drill teaches players to dribble in high traffic/high pressure situations while staying in control. It's a great warm-up to focus on dribbling with all parts of the foot.
4v4, To Lines or Small Goals
This 4v4 soccer game is the smallest version of a full sided soccer game. The 4v4 soccer game will focus on all aspects of the game of soccer including: attacking, defending, passing, receiving, support, penetration, and spreading the field.
This attacking drill focuses on the target players in the attacking third of the field.
This soccer drill focuses on putting players in 2v2 situations while attacking the goal. The dynamics of the games works on transitioning and fitness and demands on the players can be intense at times.
4v4 Playing Wide Out of the Back
This drill is designed to get players to play balls wide when playing from the back (defensive third of the field). Players will recognize that they will find more time and space in the outsides of the fields and be relieving the center of the field from dangerous play.
This soccer drill is mainly focused on technical skills during warm up. This is a great drill to do at the beginning of each game.
This soccer game is more of a fun activity. When players need a break from the normal drills, need a reward from hard work, or if you just want to let the players goof around. It focuses on listening and reaction skills.
Improving Combination Play
This soccer drill will help improve combination play as well as switching the point of attack. Use this soccer drill when you are organizing a soccer practice around passing and moving.
Circle Keep-Away Passing Game
This is a fun passing game for younger players that allows them to focus on the passing game while playing keep away.
3v1 Early Support
This soccer drill focuses on supporting the player with the ball including early support, moving without the ball, and good angle and distance of support.
Cross - Finish Under Pressure
This crossing and finishing drill is great for focusing on crossing under pressure and finishing under pressure. It is also a great drill to improve the players fitness level.
This soccer drill is a great warm-up drill that allows players to work on touching the ball with all parts of the foot. If you want to improve players footwork and dribbling skills this is a good start to each practice.
This soccer dribbling drill uses partners who do not attempt to gain possession of the ball, but adds extra pressure as the following dribbler attempts to imitate the lead dribblers every move.
This drill is designed to be played at a quick pace. This dynamic game will allow you to focus on transition from offense to defense.
1v1v1 Triangle Game
This drill will focus on the attacking in number down situations and will mainly encourage players to dribble, take players on, shielding and vision to find the open goal. Defensively this drill encourages players to stay aware of their defensive shape and tackling players on the dribble.
Soccer Tennis is a great game to focus on volleys and balls out of the air. It can be played virtually anywhere and the older kids will love it.
2v2 or 1v1 - Get Outta Here
This drill is a very fast paced 2v2 game that focuses on aspects of the small sided game such as dribbling, passing, and scoring.
HItters and Dodgers
The Hitters and Dodgers soccer drill is a great warm-up and drill for younger players under 5 through under 9. This soccer drill is great for teach players to dribble and then getting their heads up to make a pass. This soccer drill is SO much fun and the younger age group players LOVE this soccer drill.
Soccer Ball Smash
This soccer drill
will focus on the player who is just learning to pass, as this drill will focus on passing accuracy.
Trapping and Controlling the Ball with Back to Goal
This soccer receiving drill will focus on chest, thigh, and fast traps and control. This teaches players to turn, shield, or play the way they are facing when their back is to goal.
4v4 + Target Players with 2 Goals
This is a great 4v4 soccer game that teaches players to play into their target player. This adds a more realistic twist to the normal 4 on 4 soccer game.
Dribbling Warm-up Drill
This is a great dribbling warm-up drill that will get players many touches on the ball in a short time.
1v1 Dribble Attack with Shot
The purpose of this 1v1 drill is to focus on dribbling to beat a defender and finishing with a shot. This drill can also be used to focus on defensive players defending the dribble.
5v5 Dribbling Game
This 5v5 soccer dribbling game is more of a realistic setting to help focus on improving dribbling skills. Because fo the large number of players, players are forced to make decisions to dribble, pass, or shoot.
2v2+1 (2 vs. 2 plus target attacker)
This 2v2+1 soccer drill is a great situational game that allows you to focus on numbers up attacking situations or numbers down defending situations.
5v2 Angle of Support Passing Drill
The purpose of this soccer passing drill is to focus on players angle of support, weight of passes and quality of 1st touch.
Criss Cross Dribbling Game
This dribbling drill is geared towards the younger player. This will help players play with speed while keeping their heads up. Be warned, this drill can be dangerous for players who have a tendency of dribbling with their head down.
Power/Finness with a Twist
This shooting and finishing soccer drill focuses on being comfortable striking long shots as well as close range shots/volleys/headers.
2v1 Dribbling with Opposition
In this dribbling drill, since we put the players in a 2v1 situation this will help you emphasize whether or not the two attacking players should dribble or pass.
Diagonal Soccer Shooting Drill
This is a simple soccer shooting drill that is great for warm-up to a shooting practice or warm-up prior to a game.
Winger Taking on Outside Fullback
This dribbling game focuses on winger players taking on the outside fullbacks in the offensive third of the field.
2v1 and 1v1 Possession Game
This soccer drill focuses on both possession and penetration. It will help teaching communication and switching the point of attack to keep possession and penetrate the defense.
4v4 Zone Game
This possession soccer drill will helps players keep possession for a purpose with short/long passing combinations. Also allows one to focus on defensive transition by quickly close down space and eliminate passing lanes.
Guard the Castle
This 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!
Traffic Jam Dribbling Game
This game is just out right fun! The kids will have a blast playing this game. This drill is ideal for kids who know how to dribble but just need to learn to get their heads up and dribble under the pressures of mere congestion.
1v1 to Multiple Goals
This soccer drill is great drill for focusing on teaching players attacking skills such as taking on their opponent or learning to attack space. Defensively it will teach players the responsibility of man marking.
3v2 Flying Changes
This drill is designed to focus on all aspects of the game in a 3v2 situation. Mainly runs of attackers, angle of support, passing vs. shooting decisions, defensive shape, and recovery runs, along with working on mental attentiveness.
Team Reaction Dribbling Drill
Create a small grid approximately 20X20 yards. From each of the four corners, place a flag about 7-10 yards from the corner cone. Each player should have a ball inside the grid.
Goalkeeper Warm-up Drill
This is a great soccer goalkeeper warm-up drill. This is a great warm-up to add to the pregame warm-up. Goalkeepers will love this warm-up.
Soccer End Zone Game
The soccer end zone game is a great soccer drill that will help coaches focus on all aspects of attacking and defending in soccer. With incorporating end zones into the game it gives players a chance to learn to attack space behind the defense and allows defenders to learn how to deny space behind them.
1v1, 1v2, 2v2 - 4 goal game
This 1v1 soccer drill
puts soccer players in 1v1 situations with multiple goals. 1v1 soccer helps players focus on penetration by forcing the player to dribbling to beat their opponent and allows players to make the attack unpredictable through creativity. Your kids will love this soccer drill
Goalkeeper - Arc Drill 2
This goalkeeper drill
is a great goalkeeper drill
designed to focus on the goalkeepers movement
along the goalkeepers arc in order to keep proper angle in the goal.
Dribbling to Beat a Defender
This dribbling drill is great when teaching young players when and where to dribble, and how to beat the defenders on the dribble. This dribbling drill is best for U8-U12 Soccer Players. The emphasis is on allowing the dribbling player to unbalance the defender while approaching unchallenged.
3-Minute Shooting Drill
This soccer drill allows the coach to focus on shooting, goalkeeping and clearing balls from the back. This is a great competition that would be perfect for a warmup to a shooting or clearing practice.
Body Parts Warm-up Game
This soccer drill focuses on the younger player's dribbling skills and the ability to think quick on their feet while holding the ball close.
Triangle Goal Game
The Triangle Goal Soccer Game will focus on all aspects of the game such as passing, moving, and finishing. The players will have to work together as a team to quickly off-balance the defender and catch the goalkeeper off guard.
Tunnel of Death
This drill can be used to focus on either attacking or defending. It teaches players to take advantage of an off balanced defender by attacking with speed, or could be used to focus on good defensive posture and transition.
Pirate Treasure Dribbling Game
This soccer dribbling game is designed for young players ages 3-8. The Pirate Treasure Dribbling Game will focus on young players dribbling skills and is great fun for the kids.
5 Pass Possession Game
This is a great passing drill that focuses on holding possession and completing a series of passes. This possession passing drill will work on awareness, speed of play, support, and movement to maintain possession.
This crossing and finishing drill focuses on attacking within the 18 yard box. This soccer drill mainly focuses on crossing, shooting, and heading.
This soccer drill is good for younger players ages under 5 through under 8. This is a fun soccer drill that allows players to gain confidence on the ball while getting a lot of touches.
Pressure/Cover Tactical Defending Soccer Game
The focus of this soccer game is to teach players recognize the first defender (closest defender to the ball) and second defenders (player covering/supporting the first defender). The drill should also be geared towards teaching the players how to pressure the player with the ball and what is proper cover positioning.
The Passing Name Game
The objective of this soccer drill is to help young players improve the speed of play by thinking a step-ahead of the play.
Soccer Pass and Move Drill
This soccer passing drill is a great drill to teach players movement, awareness, accuracy, timing, first touch and passing with all parts of the foot. Good pass and move soccer drill.
Three Goal Shooting Drill
This is a great soccer shooting drill for getting rapid shots on multiple goals and is also a great source of fitness.
Diamond Passing Combination
This soccer passing drill focuses on quick ball movement and combinations. Use this soccer combination drill to clean up first touch and tight passing, or spread it out and work on long passing.
This drill is designed to be a fun soccer drill. It will focus a bit on young player’s agility while dodging balls kicked at them, and is a great ice breaker or a fun warm-up game at the beginning of practice.
1v1 Defending the Dribble
The purpose of this drill is to isolate the defender to focus on the first defender and defending the dribble. This drills focus can be modified to focus on the first attacker taking on the defender.
This shooting warm-up drill will focus on long range passing, accuracy, and finishing. It can also be used as a fitness exercise by manipulating the numbers.
Shooters and Shaggers Shooting Game
This drill, Shooters and Shaggers, is a great game to help improve shooting on target, leg strength and could be altered to help with the instep drive (shoe laces).
4v2 Angle of Support
This 4v2 soccer game will help perfect early support, movement without the ball, and good angle and distance of support.
Reaction, Acceleration, and Winning the Ball
This soccer drill focuses on reaction, acceleration and winning 50-50 balls. This is a great warm-up drill when focusing on fitness, reaction, or winning 50-50 balls.
Dribble with Speed
Here is an activity that works on speed dribbling and also getting the ball under control after dribbling with speed.
Line Passing Combination Warm-up
This combination passing drill is designed to work on combination play while advancing up the field. This will help focus on timing of passes, runs, combination play, and will be a great warm-up to passing practices.
Shooting, Combo, 1v1 Shooting Drill
This is a great shooting drill that focuses on making a move before shooting, making a 1-2 combination play before shooting, then taking on a defender 1v1 before shooting.
2v2+4 Passing, Possession, Combination
This 2v2+4 soccer drill
will focus on passing, possession, and combination play. This is a great small sided soccer game when you want to perfect composure of players in tight spaces.
2v2 Quick Attacking Soccer Drill
This 2v2 soccer drill
is a great game to work on quick attacking and defending skills. It is a very fast paced and dynamic soccer game that the kids will love.
Check-in Passing Warm-up
This passing warm-up drill is a great soccer drill to help with timing and striking a ball while checking in to a pass.
Diagonal 1v1 Soccer Drill
This 1v1 soccer drill is great to focus on 1v1 play whether it's on the offensive or the defensive side. On the offensive side you can get attackers to attack the defenders with speed, quick change of pace with an explosive touch to get away, and getting behind the defensive players. On the defensive side, you can focus on closing down quickly, forcing the attacker to the side and closing down the attack.
Dribbling at the Cone
This is a good soccer dribbling drill for young soccer players to learn to dribble without opposition. It is a great drill to introduce different fakes and faints to gain an edge on the defender.
3v1 - Attacking the Goal
This attacking soccer drill focus on the attacking movement and composure in front of the goal. Players will become comfortable in front of the goal and will be able to recognize situational play.
Clean Your Room
This is a great soccer drill for U5 through U8 players. The clean your room soccer drill will focus on dribbling under pressure while also working on defensive pressure as a individual or a small group.
Shooting on the Turn
This soccer shooting drill will focus on shooting on the turn. Players are forced to turn quickly and shoot on goal.
Indoor Shooting Drill
This is a great indoor soccer shooting drill to use while practicing indoors. This indoor soccer shooting drill also touches on dribbling, passing, using the walls, and finally shooting on goal.
1v1 Defending the Dribble with Teammate
The purpose of this drill is to isolate the defender to focus on the first defender and defending the dribble while working with a teammate. This teaches young soccer players to work together with your teammate to shut down the attacker.
Fun Dribbling Warm-up
This is a fun warm-up game that is a great ice-breaker at the beginning of the season or the beginning of a camp to get the kids warmed up with a light, fun dribbling game. These exercises might are a bit advanced for the beginner soccer player.
3v3 in the 18 - Attacking and Shooting Drill
This soccer drill is great for working on attacking in the final third of the field, quick combination play near the goal, and shooting around the 18 yard line.
Instep Shooting Drill
This drill focuses on the instep drive. This is a very important method of striking a ball as it is used in shooting. The ball is struck with the shoelace part of the foot with the toe pointed down and the ankle locked.
Attacking from the Back
This soccer drill focuses on building an attack from the back starting with the keeper’s distribution. When performed on a full field this drill demands a great deal of fitness as it should be executed at top speed in a continuous fashion.
Dribbling to Beat Defenders, Take on Defenders
This drill is a great soccer drill to teach players to dribble at and beat defenders. It also focuses on other aspects of the game such as passing, receiving, and support. Teaches players to take on defenders.
Three Person Passing Combination
This a passing combination drill that involves 3 player at a time. The combination sequence that will help perfect passing, combination play, movement off the ball, and will help improve player’s fitness level.
Combination Crossing Drill
This combination crossing and finishing drill will focus on crosses within the 18 and is designed to help players become comfortable on crosses inside the 18.
This dribbling drill is for U6 and U8 players. This drill will assist the younger player with dribbling under minimal pressure.
Combination Shooting Rotation Drill
This soccer shooting and finishing drill focuses on combination play and build-up before getting the shot off. It is a great shooting soccer drill to focus on burying the ball with a shot after a small combination play.
Indoor Dribbling and Passing Drill
This indoor soccer drill is great for warm-up to your indoor soccer practice. This focuses on dribbling and passing warm-up indoors.
Partner Pass and Move Warm-up
This soccer passing drill will help you focus and teach young kid how to pass with the correct surface on the foot, how to receive a ball, and move after receiving the pass.
Teaching 1st Defender without Opposition
This soccer defending drill is great for teaching young players how to defend when they are the closest player to the opponent with the ball.
3v1 Rotating Defenders
This 3v1 game will focus on keeping possession in a tight space. Work on passing, decision making, movement on and off the ball as well as improve communication.
Passing to Beat the Defender
This game is to focus on passing to beat the defender. This 2v2 game works on passing and moving and finding open space between the two endline defenders to pass to the space behind the defenders.
Combination Shooting & Finishing Drill
This is a dynamic shooting and finishing soccer drill that will focus on the timing of the combination play, touching the ball with your back to the defender, and having a quick tight turn and a shot on goal.
Passing and Receiving Warm-up
This soccer warm-up drill focuses on passing and receiving and can be used for players 9 years and older. It's a good drill that can be tweaked to focus on any types of passing or receiving skills.
Center Mid Passing Combination 2
This is a great combination passing drill that will help focus on center mid play and playing diagonal balls in the direction they are facing.
This drill is a great warm-up drill for dribbling sessions. It emphasizes on dribbling and ball control (keeping head up, change of direction and change of pace).
Handling Flighted Balls
This receiving soccer drill focuses on passing and receiving flighted balls during warm-up.
1v1 1st Attacker Dribbling Without Opposition
This 1v1 dribbling exercise allows coaches to focus on the 1st attacker's ability to beat the defender on the dribble. In this soccer drill, the coach should focus on the attacker's approach, make sure the attacker has a change in direction, and finish with a burst of speed (change of pace). This drill helps beginners get the feel for moving around defenders.
Combination Shooting with Dummy Run
This combination shooting drill focuses on shooting and finishing within the 18. It starts with a dummy run stepping over the ball, then a combination play ending with a shot on goal.
Line Passing Overlap Warm-up
This passing and overlapping warm-up soccer drill will help perfect the introduction of overlapping runs, playing off the pass, as well as teamwork through communication.
Circle Passing Combination Drill
The circle passing combination drill will focus on passing, communication, playing with speed, and playing to feet. This is a great passing warm-up drill that can be a great start to a passing practice.
Combination Shooting Drills
This is a shooting drill that focuses on combination play and building up for a shot on goal. There are multiple combination ideas to progressively make the shooting drill more difficult.
Center Mid Passing Combination 1
This is a great combination passing drill that will help focus on combination play and playing diagonal balls.
1 on 1 Soccer Progression
This 1 on 1 progression will focus on required dribbling skills, body feints, and the required burst of speed to beat a defender.
This drill focuses on the U6 and U8 players dribbling skills. The added pressure allows the players to turn away from pressure while remaining in control of the ball.
Triangle Combination Passing Drill
This is a passing drill that focuses on combination play in a small area. You can focus on pace of the pass, angle of the pass, weight of the pass, timing of the runs before and after the pass, one-two’s, and movement.
Great Attacking Skills
This drill focuses on attacking in a number’s up situation and opening up and finding the attacker in a 1v1 situation. This drill puts a lot of emphasis on good passing, receiving and general possession.
Circle Passing Overlap Combination
The circle passing overlap combination drill will focus on passing, combination play, overlapping, playing with speed, and playing to feet. This is a great passing warm-up drill that can be a great start to a passing practice that incorporates overlapping.
Alien Tag Soccer Game
This is a fun game for 2 through 4 year olds. This will focus on agility, vision, and awareness, but best of all, it's fun.