"How to run a U10 soccer practice"
Coaching kids at U10 soccer practice should be geared to more group play
and individual skills because the U10 player is now more aware there are
other players in the mix, they are finding passes, beating players, and
playing in a shape.
If the players have had some coaching or have been
around the game it is easier to throw concepts at them, but if they are
new the coach will have to scale it down to the level of the group.
Warm up with concentration games
The practice starts when...
- The coach splits the team into two teams, serves a
ball out 20-30 yards. The team must run to the ball and form a circle
round the ball and grab arms, dribbling the ball back to the coach.
- The trick is the ball is not allowed to pop out of the circle otherwise the team loses - first team back wins.
- The group must go and get the ball and bring it back without the ball hitting the ground.
- The players must go out and get the ball, but this time
they have to bring the ball back by passing the soccer ball among each
other - every player must get a touch.
Great for getting kids to work at the U10 soccer practice.
Work on 1 on 1 soccer moves
I like to work on a few moves like a cut, step
over or a v-move making sure the players have the moves down. The coach
throws down cones all over the field - spread them out so they are not
on top of each other.
- The players dribble to a cone and do a v-move - players have to go to each cone.
- The players dribble to a cone and do a step over.
- The players dribble to a cone and do a cut.
- The players dribble to a cone and they have a choice of any
three of the moves - cannot do the same move twice in a row.
- The coach can have a race and see which player can do a move on every cone and get back the coach the quickest.
The kids will learn to master their dribbling skills...
Play 1 on 1 against an opponent
Play 1 on 1 soccer...
- The players break into pairs and play 1on 1 soccer to a cone.
- I have them put a ball on top of the cone and the
players have to knock the ball off the cone. The player that has the
ball attacks and if they lose the ball they defend.
- If you want to make the player work hard put a
restriction in there that they have to run out and defend the ball -
cannot stand on the cone and wait.
Great game for soccer specific fitness at U10 soccer practice...
Play 1 on 1 in small sided games
To get the kids into this fun game...
- Make a rectangle with cones 20x30 with cone goals on
each end. Two cones are placed on each side line where the teams are
- The players are split into two teams and assigned to a side line cone.
- Coach calls a number like one, two or three.
- The players respond by running round the cone on the end and into the field.
- The coach plays a ball and which ever team wins the soccer ball attack and the other team defends.
Now the have the basics of a U10 soccer practice...
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