Soccer drills should be fun, maximize activity, minimize lines, teach real soccer skills and prepare players for soccer matches. Soccer drills where players stand in line and do an activity one at a time are boring and not as effective as our drills and Practice Games. Most soccer drills allow players to practice at a slow speed because of a lack of competition and pressure. Our soccer drills are Practice Games that keep score and teach players to play fast and under pressure -your players will learn more at each practice compared to traditional line drills.
Try our soccer drills or watch the free videos by clicking the link below and you will immediately see the difference and why our drills are better. Your players will start to improve within one or two practices and you will see amazing results after 5 or 6 practices.
How We Rate Soccer Drills and Practice Games: The drills and games on SoccerHelp were selected from hundreds we have tested. They are the best. However, some are better than others. Our soccer drills are rated with 2, 3 or 4 star ratings, with 4-stars being the highest rating. Look for 4 asterisks ****. The very best say (Definitely try this). We invented most of the soccer drills and games on SoccerHelp, so they are original, copyrighted, and only found on SoccerHelp.
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Soccer Drills and Practice Games:
- "Dribble Across A Square" (U-8 & up) * * * * (Definitely try this) This soccer drill is the best way to teach dribbling and is an excellent warm-up. Playing this in a small square teaches "Control Dribbling", and making the square larger will teach players how to "Breakaway" (how to look for Open Space, accelerate into it, and Speed Dribble). I recommend playing it as a warm-up to start every practice. It will quickly improve your player's dribbling, shielding, turning, recognition of open space, acceleration and ability to stop and confidence with the ball. They will learn to dribble while looking up and will learn "naturally" how to dribble with both feet (you won't have to use artificial ways to try to teach them). It also helps children's brains learn to process a lot of activity, to use peripheral vision, and to make correct, instinctive decisions and maintain composure when under pressure and in heavy traffic. It is self-teaching and the coach can help the players by giving them "tips" that allow them to improve. You will see definite results within 3 practices, the set-up is easy and it is 100% onball. IMPORTANT: Tell your players that this game is part of their "Warming Up" -- otherwise they may resist it at first (because at first it isn't easy for some players) and they might later get tired of it. BUT, there is no substitute for this game. You are doing your players a favor by having them play it. It will improve their instinctive reactions and dribbling skills in a way no other game can. There is no way dribbling thru cones can teach what this game teaches. Once your players see that it is causing them to improve, they won't complain about it and they will consider it part of "Warming Up". Be sure to have the players keep score so it is "Game-Realistic" and you can monitor progress, and give "tips" at the end of each Game about how they can improve. "We played the Dribble Across a Square and Dribble Around the Cone and Pass Relay Race Practice Games at every practice, and the results were phenomenal." Coach Greg, U9 Coach and Premium Member See "Warm Up Practice Games"
- "Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race" (U-8 and older) * * * * (Definitely try this) This is my favorite soccer drill for players U8 and older - it will teach your players to play faster, which is HUGELY important. It teaches Aggressive Receiving, passing while running and under pressure, speed dribbling, turning, the importance of first-touch, one-touch control, and teaches receivers to move to the ball and how to receive the ball at game speed and while under pressure. This game is self-teaching and the coach can help the players by giving them "tips" that allow them to improve. Perhaps the most important thing this game can teach is "Aggressive Receiving". You can read about the benefits of "Aggressive Receiving" on the bottom of the instructions for this game on SoccerHelp. You will see fast results, the set-up is easy and every player is either a dribbler/passer or a receiver.
- "Strength on the Ball, Aggressive Play & Bravery Game" * * * * This soccer drill is a simple, easy, and fast way to teach players to be strong on the ball (so they don't get pushed around and can retain possession) and ALSO how to legally use their shoulder to push opponents off the ball to steal it. This really works and quickly makes a difference. It teaches bravery and aggressive play, that soccer is a physical game and to not be afraid of contact or being bumped or pushed, strength on the ball to maintain possession while dribbling, shielding the ball to maintain possession when challenged, a legal Shoulder Tackle, challenging for the ball to slow the attack and how to legally push a player off the ball. It is for U6 to Adult. You can read Testimonials on the game by coaches of U10, U12, U14 and U16. Here are 3 -- "The Shoulder Tackling game is working beyond belief. Some of my timid girls are now amongst the toughest on the team." Mark, U1OG, and "The other team was bigger and trying to play very aggressively against us, but we have been playing the Strength on the Ball game since the beginning of the season, and, although they really tried, the other team could not push my boys around." Coach Stephanie, U10 Boys, and "I LOVE the "Shoulder Tackle & Strength on the Ball" drill - it has HUGE benefits." Coach Tony, U16G
- "Driving School" (U-6 to U-10) * * * * This soccer drill teaches control dribbling, using the bottom of foot to stop the ball, pullbacks, and using outside of right foot and left foot. Easy set-up and 100% onball.
- "Tick Tock" (aka "The Foundation") (All ages) * * * * This is a very simple game that practices fast feet and ball control using inside-of-feet. Very easy set-up and 100% onball.
- "Small Sided Scrimmage Without A Goalie" (U-8 & Up)* * * * This is a better way for most teams to scrimmage. Rec teams should only scrimmage for about 10 minutes of each hour they practice. This game is a good way to evaluate players - you will be able to quickly tell a lot about a player's skills, natural abilities, and where they prefer to play. This game is better than a regular scrimmage in 2 ways: (1). All players learn to defend and play tough defense and block shots, and not rely on the Goalie, and (2). To score, they must work the ball close to the goal and not take long shots, so control, dribbling, passing, and movement off the ball in the Attacking Third are encouraged. This game has the disadvantage of a low ball per player ratio.
- "Chips/Lofted Passes Game" (U-10 & up) * * * * An effective way to practice "lofted passes with backspin". Every player should know how to "loft" the ball for shots, for long "over-the-top" passes & as a way to "clear" the ball. Easy set-up, lots of touches and a game format. 50% onball.
- "Hit The Coach" (U-4 and U-6) * * * * (Definitely try this) My favorite soccer drill that is a game for U-4 and U-6 players. It's easy, fun and the kids love it. 100% onball. This games teaches tremendous skills - dribbling, kicking the ball while running, looking up while dribbling and kicking the ball, getting used to contact (a very important thing for young players - because they will all be chasing the coach, they will be close together and bumping each other and it will be chaotic, which gets them used to the mental stimulus of games). This game is self-teaching and they learn by playing the game. Dribbling and kicking the ball in a crowd while looking up isn't easy and this is a fun way to learn those skills. Watch a Video of the "Hit the Coach" Practice Game.
- "Throw-Ins Teaching Game" (U-8 & up) * * * (Try this) This soccer drill is a quick and effective way to teach or practice throw-ins. If you are a beginning coach, review "How to Teach Throw-Ins" at "Skills" on SoccerHelp.com. This isn't great fun, but it is quick and effective. 50% onball.
- "Kick A Crossed Ball Game" (U-8 & up) * * * * A "crossed ball" is a ball coming from the side. This game is an effective, efficient way to practice timing the run and how to kick a crossed ball, which is not an easy thing to do. It will teach the player to take a short backswing, to keep his head down, eyes on the ball, and to start out by blocking the ball using the inside of the foot.
- "Monster Invasion" (Dribbling & concept of a field, U-4 and U-6) * * * * (Definitely try this) This is a simple, always fun game for U-4 and U-6. Every player has a ball and everyone, including the coach, has fun. 100% onball.
Coaching Tips Worth 2 Goals Per Game (Definitely try this) Click the link to read Testimonials from coaches and to see tips. Here are a few Testimonials -- "Coaching Rule No. 1 really is worth a couple goals a game. Super easy to teach, and super easy to coach from the sidelines." Coach Bob, U10 and "For about 2 weeks, we worked on nothing other than soccer Coaching Rules 1 - 3. We won our next 5 games scoring 20 goals and giving up none, we won 6 - 0, 3 - 0, 4 - 0, 3 - 0 and 4 - 0." Coach Tony, U16 and "I taught my players Coaching Rule No. 3 from Premium and the results were immediately phenomenal!" Coach Charlie, U10
SoccerHelp Premium contains over 70 "Third Generation" Soccer Drills that are Practice Games, including 29 soccer drills for U4 and U6 (age 3, 4 and 5), 45 soccer drills for U8 (age 6 and 7), 52 soccer drills for U10 (age 8 and 9) and 50 soccer drills for U12 (age 10 and 11). Basic versions of nine of those practice games are found below. SoccerHelp Practice Games are superior to soccer drills in 15 ways, as listed below. Our Practice Games are fun and really work. Your team will learn by simply playing the games and you will achieve more in less time. Practice attendance will improve, players will have more enthusiasm and your team will play better and win more games. Our games have been tested by thousands of coaches, including Rec coaches, select and tournament team coaches, adult team coaches, beginning coaches, very experienced coaches, coaches who never played soccer and coaches who played college and professional soccer. In simple terms, we have invented a better "mousetrap". It is a unique, innovative program that quickly achieves results. Our Premium members get more enjoyment from coaching and their players learn more and have more fun. If you have any doubts, read the Testimonials or Coaches Comments. With a money back guarantee, there is no risk to trying it. If you aren't completely satisfied, just send us an e-mail during the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund with no questions asked. Premium now contains over 1,500 pages and 5,000 internal links. Over 15,000 coaches have subscribed to Premium.