What are the basic ball handling skills that youth soccer players need to learn?
We will cover all these skills and why they are so important to young players while they are building a foundation.
The coach should start with basic dribbling if he or she is working with young kids from U6 - U8 and even U9 and U10 if they have limited playing experience. This way, the kids develop a comfort with the soccer ball.
Basic dribbling: Teach the kids to use all the four parts of the foot the sole, inside, laces and outside of the foot.
How do we go about teaching these skills?
How does the coach put all these skills together so the kids learn and use all these ball handling skills?
The kids need to have a chance to master all these skills. The coach can divide the skills up and work on them individually in training sessions, before bringing it all together.
The coach can use a combination of soccer fun games and basic dribbling to bring out the fun and teach soccer skills to the kids.
Once the players have gotten some basic touches down the coach can introduce the kids to some basic moves. The better the basic dribbling foundation is the better the kids will be able to pick up the moves.
How long does it take to learn these moves? The trick is to learn the moves and then be able to apply the move to an opponent. Learn more about 1 on 1 moves by clicking here!
In my experience, the coach's job is to introduce the moves, and it is the kids job to figure out the moves they like. The kids will practice the moves they feel most comfortable using - amazing how this works!
Once the players have some basic ball handling skills down the coach can add passing and receiving to the mix.
The first touch is very important? Need an explanation of a first touch? Click here...
The next set of ball handling skills that the coach should introduce to the players is trapping bouncing or balls traveling out of the air.
What parts of the foot or surfaces can the kids use to trap the soccer ball?
There a lot of surfaces (foot, thigh, chest and head) that a player will need to learn in the game of soccer. The younger kids can be introduced to these ball control skills in very basic ways to get the fundamental skill down.
can then build on the skill so the players will be able to perform the
soccer skill under pressure or without thinking about the soccer skill.