Soccer is a very common game among different cultures all over the globe and in this article we show you some amazing soccer drills for kids. In some countries soccer is referred to as football. An actual Soccer game involves two teams of eleven players each playing against each other. The game is played with a ball and the aim of the game is to score in the opponent’s goal post. Soccer can be played by players of different age groups with the limiting factor being the zeal in the player and talent. Soccer teams are usually trained by a coach who uses different types of drills to train the team.
The type of drill is dependent on the aim of the activity. Common soccer drills include; passing drills, shooting drills, defending drills, dribbling drills, heading drills, possession drills, attacking drills, crossing drills, goal keeping drills, warm up drills, fun soccer drills and indoor soccer drills. These soccer drills are all aimed at equipping the players with new skills or sharpening the skills they already have.
Soccer drills are best determined by age of the players since the age automaticallydictates their physical abilities. The first soccer drill for children under the age of 8is the sharks and minnows. When using Sharks and Minnows as a drill, the players are mainly taught on how to defend the ball. This mainly entails placing their bodies in between the ball and the opponent. The players with the ball (which is referred to as the Minnows)protect it from the sharks. The shark’s main aim is to knock the ball out of the grid.Two sharks are used to attack one player. This drill sharpens other individual abilities such as shooting, turning, dribbling and defending.
The other commonly used soccer drill is known as ‘Simon says’. This drill enables the players to develop their potential in the general aspects of the game such as team work and also develops the player’s attitudes. It is a great drilling technique to warm up the team.This drill involves telling the players to carry out various activities while they are dribbling the ball. If a player does what they haven’t been told to then they can be given a time out card. The variations in this drill can involve using the ball, placing the ball on their hands and not using the ball at all.
The final soccer drill is known as the ‘Red light, Green light drill’. This drill helps to develop receiving and handling tactics since the players use the ball at a very close range. This drill is carried out in three simple steps. First of all, the coach faces away from the players and calls out “green light”. The players start dribbling the ball towards the coach who may call out again “red light” which means that the players should stop dribbling. The coach turns to see who hasn’t stopped and the player who hasn’t stopped is forced to go back to the start mark and carry out the procedure again.