Football Drills for Kids

Kids are amazing to work with in football and as a coach, it’s your job to develop them into the best player they can be.


They’ll need to learn the basics, which you’ll help them to master and which will become an essential part of their armoury as a footballer.


You also need to keep football fun for kids. There are many football drills for kids that simply aren’t fun and you don’t want football to be a chore or for players not to enjoy playing the game. Keep your sessions fun, light-hearted and give the kids a reason to be interested in working hard and learning.


With that said, we’ve put together a number of kids football drills that aim to achieve both of these targets.



Passing Drills for kids

Drill 1

Explanation

  • A very simple one touch passing drill that aids movement once the ball has been passed as well as focus on the ball.
  • Set up two lines of cones with players on the outside of the cones. Pair up your players. They will pass the ball between the cones as the make their way down the line - always keeping moving.
  • Once complete, they make their way back to the start and begin again.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Cones

(video credit: YouTube user OnlineSoccerTraining)


finishing and shooting drills for kids

Drill 1

Explanation

  • A fun and exciting way to get kids to improve speed, agility, composure and finishing.
  • Two players compete against each other, to first run out to the coloured cones - touching them in the order you dictate. They then run back and around a cone (acting as a defender) where you roll the ball forward into space to create a tackling situation.
  • This drill will keep kids engaged, competitive and will hone some key skills when it comes to learning the game.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Cones
  • Bibs
  • Goalposts

(video credit: YouTube user 1x1Sport.com)


control and first touch drills for kids

DRILL 1

Explanation

  • A fundamental skill that children need to learn in football is a good first touch.
  • This video teaches what is needed and the difference between a live and a dead first touch.
  • Get your team to practice these as often as possible to see the biggest improvement.

What You Need

  • Balls

(video credit: YouTube user MonkeySee)


DRILL 2

Explanation

  • Another simple drill that helps to teach the essentials of the game. As well as touch and control, this drill delves into more technical elements of the game while remaining simple and easy to explain.
  • There are also a number of progressions through the drill, which allows the coach to dictate the level of difficulty as well as keep the kids switched on to the drill.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Cones

(video credit: YouTube user 1x1Sport.com)


DRILL 3

Explanation

  • This routine emphasises heading and getting kids used to heading a ball whilst being competitive.
  • There is a nice addition of scoring points as well as making the players sprint for wayward balls to improve fitness instead of adding it at the end of a session.
  • The players work in teams of two to try to head the ball through two cones that are being defended by the opposite team.
  • A point is scored each time the ball beats the defenders and goes through the cones (below head height).

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Bibs
  • Cones

(video credit: YouTube user SoccerCoachTV)


DRILL 4

Explanation

  • This drill is fantastic for close control. The player has to zig zag between the cones which are set up in a circle with the ball.
  • It sounds like a straightforward exercise, but in practice can be challenging for the player. This is the type of close control you will want your players to develop as they play the game which will increase their confidence when they have the ball at their feet.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Cones

(video credit: YouTube user SoccerCoachTV)

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