2. There are now over 60 Practice Games on SoccerHelp Premium, including:

    • 29 U-6 games
    • 45 U-8 games
    • 52 U-10 games
    • 50 U-12 games

    There are thousands of drills and games on the Internet, but most are not well thought out, efficient, effective or fun. Most drills and games do not provide enough touches on the ball or the activity level is too low (i.e., there is too much standing around) to meet SoccerHelp standards. SoccerHelp Practice Games are selected from hundreds we have evaluated and less than 5% of the games we evaluate are selected and adapted for SoccerHelp Premium.

    Whether children continue to play soccer will have a lot to do with whether it is fun at early ages. SoccerHelp Practice Games are designed to be fun, to teach important skills and concepts, and to keep players active. We don't use "knock-out" or elimination games which leave kids standing on the sideline and we don't use games such as "Crab Soccer" which are fun but have many kids crawling on the ground instead of learning to play soccer. We believe in positive motivation and don't believe in punishing a child who has tried their best but lost a Practice Game. Thus, we do not recommend punishing the losers or making the losers leave the game.

    Click here for a list of Practice Games available on Premium.

  3. How To Teach Soccer Positions
  4. How To Teach Soccer Formations (18 pages). Responses to questions from U-8, U-9, U-10, U-12 and U-14 coaches about how to teach the 3-2-2-3, the 3-2-3-2, the 3-3-2, the 2-1-2-2, the 3-2 and other soccer formations that work for Recreational soccer teams.
  5. Letters From Coaches & More Soccer Formations And Soccer Positions (12 pages)
  6. Formations and Tips For 7v7 (9 pages). 2-2-2, 2-1-2-1, 1-2-2-1 and 2-1-3 soccer formations, soccer kickoffs, attacking and defending tips, assigning soccer positions, goalie distributions, winning the ball, throw ins and recommended SoccerHelp Practice Games. Responses to questions from a U-9 Travel Team Coach.
  7. Should You Push Up When You Attack? Recreational coaches often believe they must "Push Up" their Fullbacks when they attack, but pushing up the Fullbacks is not the best approach for many recreational teams.
  8. How To Teach Dribbling. How to teach players "Control Dribbling", "Speed Dribbling", shielding the ball, to look up while dribbling and 4 types of turns.
  9. How To Teach Aggressive Play. How to teach players to hustle, to play aggressively, tackling and to win the ball. Premium Practice Games that teach hustling, tackling and aggressive play.
  10. Indoor Soccer Tips
  11. How To Teach Players To Not Bunch Up
  12. How To Teach Defensive Recovery. How to teach players to quickly transition from offense to defense.
  13. Formations and Tips For 6v6
  14. Clearing The Ball