The elite soccer drills for kids that are shown below are suitable for all ages but recommended as:

  • Soccer drills for U6
  • Soccer drills for U7
  • Soccer drills for U8
  • Soccer drills for U9
  • Soccer drills for U10 – U14
How many hours a week does your child play football? At the younger ages, most kids will only spend around 1-2 hrs training and playing football each week. In some cases it is just the match and even then the actual playing time is unlikely to be the whole game. To improve at anything you need to practice but how can you do it without a teacher, a coach or other support? If the child enjoys playing football and wants to improve then this article is for you with some elite soccer drills for kids that can be practised at home without the need for team mates.

The benefit of individual soccer practice for kids

Don’t just practice soccer for the sake of practice as that will not be effective. It is important to understand the outcomes of any training and ensure they are game relevant. Time is limited so aim to achieve as many outcomes as possible. Much of individual soccer training is about touches on the ball and building a relationship with the ball on both feet so that you are comfortable in any position or scenario on the pitch. Repetition is a big part but the soccer drills need to be varied to keep kids interested and having fun. The aim is to build that muscle memory and master the techniques thus raising your game.

Below are 8 varied soccer drills for kids that will focus on the following soccer outcomes which are vital for all kids to master. These soccer practices are all developed by Saul Isaksson-Hurst, an expert technical coach who has worked at Premier League academies and created a unique philosophy that has been proven on hundreds of players.

  • Ball Mastery – Be able to manipulate and control the ball. Being comfortable with all surfaces of your feet (inside, outside, sole and laces) as well as your thighs, chest and head which are the other common areas where ball control and manipulation takes place.
  • First Touch – Being in control as soon as the ball arrives is vital to keep the ball and make the best decision for your team. You must learn to control that first touch as the ball comes to you on the floor, in the air, at various speeds and angles.
  • Turning – The ability to turn your body with and without the football. Football is not about running in straight lines so it’s vital that you learn how to turn with the ball at your feet whilst being in control the whole time
  • Dribbling – Using both feet to move the ball closely at your feet in different directions and speeds.
  • Running with the ball – take bigger touches whilst running with the ball under control. This is often straight line work focusing on accelerating and decelerating with the ball and reaching top speed with the ball at your feet.
  • Ball Striking – A football can be kicked in a number of different ways. Striking with power or creating a curl on the ball using different surfaces of your feet to gain the desired outcome. The key here is the part of the football that is struck along with body position and follow through. Timing is also vital when striking a moving ball or one that is in the air like a volley
  • Quick Feet – The pace at which your feet move can be the decisive factor to beat an opponent. Developing quick reflex action with anticipation to make the ball do what you want at speed. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are masters of this.

Ball Juggling

This is all about being able to control the ball and build that relationship so you are comfortable with the ball.

Ball Mastery

3 great ball mastery techniques that cover all surfaces working both feet moving the ball in front and behind your body.

Aerial Control

Working in a pair, focus on aerial ball control and mastering your touches when the ball is coming at you from a height.

Dribble, Turn & Explode

Develop your quick feet and turns with explosive movements and a final shot at the end. A fun exercise for all kids.

Skill Combinations

One of the trickier areas are skill combinations. Be able to move in various directions using multiple surfaces and turning with explosive and dynamic movements

Side Shift & Shoot

Move the ball from one side to other in various ways before firing a shot at goal. This soccer practice works on body balance, turning and ball striking.

Turn Square

A fun exercise working on all facets of 1v1 domination which is a must have attribute for any top football player.

Shooting Box

A 5 stage shooting challenge covering most kids favourite part of football training. Focuses on ball striking.

The soccer training drills for kids shown above are very small example but will hopefully guide you on the type of training that will work. You will see there are no drills for passing or receiving which are key skills for any football player to master. These skills require a partner so are not really suitable for an individual environment unless a wall or rebounder are available. These skills and many more are taught in the full step by step individual technical soccer training programme. Learn more about Dynamic Ball mastery here.

Kids can have lots of free time outside of team training and they want to learn. Create an environment where this is possible and make the soccer practice purposeful & effective. At young ages kids are like sponges and will absorb a great deal of information and this type of training really does improve a player’s ability. Just look at these success stories.

Individual practice is not to be regimented. It’s a way to learn, experiment and refine. Set targets as most kids will rise to the challenge to achieve them. Praise and reward them too if they reach the targets but above all, give lots of support and encouragement as this has to be fun to really be effective.

Master the Ball…Master the Game

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