"Coaching soccer lessons
for kids soccer practices"

When planning out soccer lessons there are several areas that a coach plans for such as...

  • Small sided game
  • Soccer skill
  • Soccer fun game

Check out how to plan your soccer practices out...


Soccer lessons for age groups


Where does a coach start when we he/she is beginning to plan out a season?

I like to start my lessons based on the age group that I am coaching, as well as the level of soccer that the team is playing.

U6 age group

The coach is working with the 4-5 year old players, so skills and small sided games are the order of the day.

U8 age group

The coach is coaching U8 players - they might have some experience or might not depending if they have played any soccer?

The coach has to judge where to begin the soccer lessons. When the players are experienced I still add fun in, but increase the level on the skills I am teaching.

U10 age group

The players are more mature physically and socially for the most part, with more of an understanding how to play with their team mates.

So, this will require setting up exercises to challenge these young players. The coach could have beginners at this age as well.

U12 age group

The U12 player should have a more advanced skill level and understanding of small sided tactics.

The coach should be able to teach some more advanced skills, possession games and tactics to this age group.

Once the coach has figured out what age group he or she will be working with, a plan can be put into effect to teach the players.




Warm up


The coach can start the basic warm up with a soccer fun games. I like to get the kids having fun and enjoying themselves. I like games like...

  • Tag - no ball
  • Freeze tag
  • Stuck in the mud
  • Worm tag
  • Juggling games

Each of these games has a soccer element to the game, either dribbling, passing or controlling the soccer ball.

Learn more about soccer fun games and how to apply these games to training.

Once players have mastered some of these basic games the coach can move onto more complex soccer warm up and soccer practices, but keep the fun in the game.

Tag games mimic soccer movements - stop - go - start - sprint.

The coach can start the tag game with no ball to get the movements down - then add a ball to the game. The players have to dribble and keep the soccer ball while trying to tag players.

Tag games are not the only games that can be used as a warm up depending on what you are doing. Try and set up your warm-up based on what the theme of the practice is, so if you are going to work on basic dribbling you might play stuck in the mud or crabs and fishes.

You are now getting a flow to your practice and the kids are building their skills with soccer lessons.


Soccer skills


Why are soccer skills so important to master? If a player cannot dribble, pass or control the soccer ball everything is a hope and a prayer on the soccer field.

The ball will fly all over the place and bounce off the players and if goals are scored it is down to lucky shots and bounces.

The basic soccer skills that players should be introduced to are...

  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Ball control
  • Juggling
  • Shooting

The coach has to decide what soccer skills to work on depending on the age group and warm up like we have discussed earlier.

Players that have no experience should begin with basic dribbling to give the players an understanding how to use all four parts of the foot.

Once the players have the basic dribbling down the coach can work on passing the soccer ball.

I prefer to start with dribbling so the players master the ball and become more skillful.

Read Passing vs dribbling, what to teach first?

One of the reasons I teach dribbling is because there is a bigger variety of games to play and I like helping the kids gain a mastery of the soccer ball.

The individual matters more at the younger ages while they are learning their soccer skills. This will help the player later on when learning the tactical side of the game.




Water breaks


The coach sends the players on a water break - this is a great chance for the coach to introduce a concentration game.

Concentration games help the coach to get the kids back from break quickly!! Very important to add to your soccer lessons.

I love this because the kids turn it into a game.


Small sided games


Small sided games are very important for young players for the following reasons...

  • Controlling the soccer ball followed by decisions to pass or dribble.
  • Reduced field space so the younger players can cope physically.
  • Teaching the young players to make decisions.
  • More playing time.
  • Attacking and defending concepts.
  • Lots of goal scoring opportunities.

So, how do we set up small sided games in our soccer lessons so the players to learn and grow as soccer players?

Study small sided games and get your kids humming with fun small sided games.


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