Soccer Drills For Kids – Tips On Coaching Young Players

Soccer Drills For Kids – Tips On Coaching Young Players


[Intro music playing] Coaching young players is very different
from coaching adults. Kids aren’t just smaller versions
of adult or teenage players, and you need to select soccer drills
that are suitable for the age and stage of development of the players you are
coaching. For example, it goes without saying that 12 year olds have very different
capabilities than seven-year-olds. That said, there are a few principles of youth
soccer that will apply regardless of how old the children are. Core principle one: soccer drills should
be fun, and focus on the ball. Kids soccer should
always be playful, enjoyable and stimulating. Particularly
with the youngest players this cannot be emphasized enough. They should also get as many ball
contacts as possible. This is the time in a player’s career
when the foundational skills for playing soccer are learned. You should therefore see to it that
every player has their own ball, and avoid things like waiting in long
lines. The latter is ineffective and can easily
make the kids lose their motivation. Core principle two: “small people small
drills”. Young beginners don’t need to learn all
the rules of soccer before they begin to play, just a few basic ones will be enough. You
can gradually add more rules along with the new techniques you are learning. Speaking of techniques it
is important to think small enough here as well. Your kids need to learn the very basics
of every soccer skill. From basic passing to controlling and
dribbling the ball. Once you move on to soccer drills
involving several players, you should limit the size of the playing
area and organize the children into small teams. A smaller pitch is a lot easier to
oversee, and small sided games and drills a lot easier to grasp for
your young players. Any equipment to use from the soccer
ball itself to goals and other tools also need to
be adapted to younger players. The kids will experience more success
and progress quickly when they don’t have to expend a lot of strength. For example due to using a ball that is
too big and heavy. Core principle 3: remember that young
players are all different. Youth soccer coaches should always be
aware of the differences in young players levels level of skill, expectations and interests. Young players
with different talents experience and enthusiasm should be
allowed to find their own level of play. Some might simply enjoy playing soccer,
while others might want to learn as much as they can with the aim of becoming a professional
soccer player. And finally, all youth soccer practice
should: Ensure the kids engage in lots of
different forms of exercise such as running, hopping, climbing and
jumping, as well as throwing and kicking balls.
Stimulate the learning process and develop each player’s talents to the
full. Ensure that the players get to
experience many successful moments in order to build up their self
confidence and self reliance. Awaken and maintain their enjoyment of
soccer. Keeping the above things in mind will
make coaching youth soccer a lot more enjoyable and satisfying – both for the kids as well as for the coach!

Antonio Breitenberg

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