Soccer Restarts are all very interesting at the younger ages - U9 - U12 because players are still learning how to strike or throw the ball to get it back in play. The players will get better at restarts as they get older and their skills improve.
Coaches, there are a number of ways a team can kick off to start a soccer game or after a goal is scored.
First we must learn how to kick off....
So what is the rule when kicking off?
There are two players that will step up to take the kick off - generally the forwards or a forward and midfield player.
The ref puts the soccer ball on the center spot - when the ref blows the whistle the players can start the game.
There you have it - lets look at the rest of the soccer restarts.
The enemy when coaching young kids is the dreaded goal kick...
Get more ideas on how to teach goal kicks to young soccer players.
If you as a coach do not care about the result then you can have your players go wide on soccer goal kicks.
The players have now learned to play out of the back or defending area.
They will make mistakes when trying to pass out of the back by giving the soccer ball away or even giving up a goal, so the coach has to be patient.
Corners are tricky soccer restarts because younger players might not be able to serve the ball or head a ball that is zipping across the goal box at speed?
There is a huge chance that the 8 to 10 years old players won't attack a driven ball unless very, very advanced. The coach might think about teaching a short corner so the players can dribble in and shoot.
The players will have a lot of fun with this once they have the corner down.
Here is how to set up a short corner kick in a soccer game...
Get more info on soccer corners! They are a coaches friend at the younger ages and goal kicks are the enemy. :)
The throw in is a very simple soccer restart...
I believe the throw in can be a good weapon once the players know how to use their skills.
How to lay the ball back to the thrower with a pass or a volley.
Kids from ages U6 - U9 must develop soccer skills like dribbling, passing and controlling the soccer ball.
When they can keep possession there is less worry about the ball going out of bounce as much - soccer restarts will not be counted on as method of attack.
A Free kick or penalty is awarded if a player is fouled or there is a hand ball.
I like to teach players quick soccer restarts on fouls...
Try to add this into your small sided games without breaking it down and doing this in a drill format - keep it fun for the kids!