Coach, it is time to play small sided games. The kids had a great warm up, got some soccer skills work in and played some fun games to go along with the skills training.
It is now time to play games at the end of the practice...this is the part the kids love, getting to play.
Coaching point: I like to set up a small field using cones and pug goals or cone goals. I generally like to set up the field before the soccer practice so I don't have the players standing around and watching.
I love this version of a 4v4 game in this video.
Check out The numbers game for getting players into 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 games.
As you can see the players are free to play and experiment with their passes and dribbling. See how many variations of these games you can collect, so the players are constantly having to think and make decisions. This requires patience but will pay off in the long run.
A great way for players and coaches to learn is to watch the pros perform...check out this video of professional players and their skill level which they play with...
You will notice the effortless way in which pros handle the soccer ball when dribbling using all four parts of the foot - sole - laces- outside - inside, cuts, step overs and v-moves -passing, juggling, shielding and shooting.
All these skills are learned at the lowest level in the most basic form and built up as the player develops and grows. This is why it is so important for our young players to improve skill and get lots of touches on the ball.
Check out the Coerver coaching program for more ideas on games and skills.
Enjoy your coaching!