Soccer is a game played by people of different ages. The age determines the type of drill that they can participate in and from which maximum benefits will be achieved. Youth groups are more resilient as compared to kids when it comes to soccer drills. The type of drill is thus a factor of age and physical capability. Youth are young people between adulthood and childhood, normally of the ages 18-16. Soccer drills for this specific group can focus on the development of various attributes such as passing the ball, dribbling, shooting and defending. The aim of the drill determines the type.
The first well established youth soccer drill is known as ‘attack VS defence shooting and defending drill’. The aim of this drill is for the defenders and the midfielders to find a marked player and play to that player. The team is first divided into two and has to play within a marked out grid of about 36*36 meters. The size of the grid depends on the number of players.A marked player then sets up a 9*9 meters grid where the teams’ players play towards to score. The aim of the game is for a team to keep the ball within their side of the grid. The other team has to try taking the ball and keeping it on their side.
The second youth soccer drill is the ‘4V4 with 5 goals inside the 18’. This drill sharpens finishing, shooting, attacking and passing skills. As the name suggest, there are eight players playing four against four. The grid on which the drill on is about 17 meters or 18 yards. The aim of this drill is for the players to score within this small radius. Only one goalkeeper is instituted at one side of the yard box, however, there are other goal posts at the corners of the yard box where the players can score. Opposing teams are only allowed to score at specific goals normally diagonally opposite. Scoring through the goal keeper can only be done using headers.
The third youth soccer drill is called ‘Four corners passing game’. This drill focuses on team work as strength by enhancing passing skills and communication between the players. The first step involved in this drill is marking out the grid on which to play. The grid should be a square at which every corner has another grid set up. The corner grids are also squares. The team is then divided into two and each team has to score to win. The scores can be made in any small grid but not the same grid in a row. The aim of this drill is for the team to develop accuracy when passing the ball and team work.
The final soccer drill that works magic with the youth is called ‘1V1 to goal’.in this drill the team develops goal scoring skills. The grid is set up so that there is a goal post with a goalie and another grid set up a few meters away with a defender. The players try to by-pass the defender and go ahead to score.