Soccer Drills

Soccer Drills are fundamental to getting better at soccer. Filming yourself and your teammates practicing soccer is the fastest and best way to quickly improve your individual soccer skills and your entire soccer team's performance.

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Simple Dribble & Shoot: Dribbling Drill, Shooting Drill

Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Setup: Place cones in T pattern in front of goal.Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Dribble around cones and shoot from right.Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Dribble around cones and shoot from left.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Dribbling and ball control, shooting accuracy, goalkeeper drill

Minimum Number of Players Needed
1 Player

Age
U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This soccer drill is perfect for players looking to improve their dribbling and ball handling skills while also working on their soccer shooting technique. It also works as a good soccer goalie drill.

Set up
In order to set up this soccer drill, you will need one net, one goalie, and roughly seven cones. The layout of this setup is shown in the diagram.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • The first player in the line should start on the left side of the initial cone with a soccer ball, sprint to the next cone, cut around the cone, and then take a shot from inside the right gate to attempt a goal.
  • Then, the player should return to the end of the line while the next player begins the drill.

Step 2

  • Once all of the players have run through the drill, they should switch sides and start over. This means that the first player would start with the soccer ball on the right side of the initial cone, run to the next cone, cut around the cone to the left, and then shoot the ball at the goal from inside the left gate.
  • Then, the player should run back to the end of the line while the next player begins.
  • After all players have finished, the soccer drill then resets and starts over again.

Summary
This dribbling and shooting drill is one of the best soccer drills for kids in U10 soccer up to high school soccer. This soccer drill helps players feel more comfortable behind a soccer ball while dribbling and shooting at the net. It can be used by beginners and more intermediate soccer players. The shooting part of this drill will help improve players on how to kick a soccer ball with accuracy and how to score a goal. By running through this drill, your soccer team will become better prepared for their next soccer games both on offense and defense.

In and Out: Close Quarter Dribbling

In and Out -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 1: The soccer player starts by weaving through the cones with a soccer ball using only the right foot. Both the inside and outside of the right foot should be utilized while moving through this soccer dribbling drillIn and Out -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 2: When the soccer player reaches the end cone, the player should dribble around it and continue back the other way through the soccer drill.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Ball control, foot-eye coordination, dribbling technique

Minimum Number of Players Needed
1 Player

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
Whether you are a soccer coach looking to improve your team or a soccer player looking for a great dribbling drill for warm ups or improving your overall soccer skills, this drill is for you. The In and Out soccer dribbling drill is easy to set up and can help dramatically improve your dribbling.

Set up
Place five (or more) cones in a row with around three feet of separation between each cone. This drill can be done with only one soccer player or multiple soccer players.

Play by Play

Step 1

The soccer player starts by weaving through the cones with a soccer ball using only the right foot. Both the inside and outside of the right foot should be utilized while moving through this soccer dribbling drill. When the player reaches the end cone they should dribble around it and continue back the other way through the soccer drill.

Step 2

Once the player has run through the drill three times, they should move on to solely using their left foot. Again, utilizing the inside and outside of the left foot while moving through the cones.

Summary
This fun dribbling drill is one of the best soccer drills for kids learning how to move with a soccer ball and keep good ball control. This is a perfect dribbling soccer drill for U8 or U6 up through U14. It can even be a helpful soccer warm up for high school soccer teams. Soccer ball handling drills like this one are great for helping your soccer players prep for their next soccer games or soccer matches.

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Around the World: Dribbling with Precision

Around the World -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 starts by dribbling in and out of cones with soccer ball around the circleAround the World -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Once Player 1 is about half way through the drill, Player 2 starts weaving through the cones with a soccer ball around the circle
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Soccer dribbling moves, soccer ball control drill, soccer ball handling

Minimum Number of Players Needed
1 Player

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12

Overview
For soccer players looking to improve their soccer dribbling technique, this individual soccer drill is for you. It is easy to set up and can be done during both team and personal practices.  This is also good for soccer coaches looking for straight forward dribbling soccer drills for U6 and U8.

Set up
Set up cones in a circle and have soccer players line up outside the circle. 

Play by Play

  • Player 1 start by weaving in between cones with a soccer ball, moving around the circle formation. The soccer player should use only the right foot the first time through this soccer drill. The next time through the drill, the player should use only the left foot.
  • Player 2 can begin dribbling through the drill when Player 1 is around halfway through the circle of cones. Have additional players follow after Player 2

Summary
This simple and fun dribbling drill is one of the best soccer drills for kids of all ages. Whether a coach is training U6 and U8 soccer or U12 and high school soccer, this drill is great for warm ups and cool downs as well as ordinary practice. This soccer dribbling drill is perfect for preparing your soccer team for their next soccer games.

Knockout: Dribbling under Pressure

Knockout -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Soccer players start by dribbling their own soccer ball within the boundaries.When the coach yells “knockout”, each player has to continue dribbling their soccer ball within the boundaries while trying to knock other player’s soccer ball out of bounds
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Defending soccer ball while dribbling, ball control, stealing soccer ball from opponent

Minimum Number of Players Needed
2 Players

Age
U4, U6, U8, U10, U12

Overview
For soccer coaches trying to find a fun soccer game that keeps kids entertained while learning key soccer skills, this drill is for you. It is easy to set up and is a great way to start or finish your soccer practices, either as a soccer warm up or cool down.

Set up
Form a square with 4 cones. Players in the square should each start with their own soccer ball.

Play by Play
Players start by dribbling their own soccer ball within the boundaries.When the coach yells “knockout”, each player has to continue dribbling their ball within the boundaries while trying to knock other player’s ball out of bounds. If a player loses control of their ball and it gets kicked out of bounds, that player must step outside of the boundaries and perform 10 toe touches before jumping back into the drill.

Summary
This soccer dribbling game is great way to start or end your team’s soccer practice. It can also be used to break up more difficult soccer drills. This is a fun soccer drill for 4 year olds and 5 year olds while also being great for older kids like in U10 and U12. By playing this soccer game, kids learn how to better control and defend the soccer ball while also learning how to steal other players’ soccer ball. Soccer games for kids like this one are excellent for getting your team ready for their next soccer match.

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Zig Zag: Passing with Accuracy

Zig Zag -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Setup: Create two staggered lanes of cones and have the soccer players line up behind the end of the lanesZig Zag -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 starts with soccer ball and passes through the first gate to Player 2Zig Zag -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 2 immediately passes the soccer ball through the next gate to Player 1Zig Zag -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Players 1 and 2 continue this zig zag passing down the lanes until they reach the end of the drill
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skill, dribbling technique, footwork

Minimum Number of Players Needed
2 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This great passing drill allows soccer player to improve their passing while simultaneously improving dribbling and footwork skills. This is a fun drill that greatly improves passing accuracy by forcing players to pass the ball through a small target while moving.

Set up

Create two staggered lanes of cones. Have soccer players line up evenly behind the top two cones.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes through the gate to Player 2.
  • After Player 1 passes the ball, they should immediately move down to the next gate in preparation for Player 2’s pass.

Step 2

  • Player 2 passes the ball through the next gate to Player 1 and then runs down the line to prepare for the following pass.

Step 3

  • The zig-zag passing continues down the line until the players reach the last cone
  • When the first two players reach the halfway point, the next two players can start the passing drill

Variation

Only allow players to use their weak foot or change spacing between cones.

Summary
This fun soccer passing game is perfect for kids of many ages trying to improve team communication and individual player footwork and passing skills. Soccer players as young as U8 and U10 and as old as U14 and U16 can gain a lot of fundamental experience and practice by running through this passing drill. This exercise is one of the best soccer passing drills for beginners and intermediate players. Coaches can also use this drill for soccer warm ups and cool downs.

Three Man Plan: Passing to Score

Three Man Plan -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 and then runs towards the center of the fieldPlayer 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1 who then immediately passes to Player 3. Meanwhile Player 2 runs around Player 1 to set up for a scoring opportunitySimple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 3 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 who takes a shot at the goal
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Shooting technique, passing ability, teamwork skills, defending skills 

Minimum Number of Players Needed
3 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This fun soccer drill is good for improving all aspects of your soccer team. It encompasses team passing, shooting, and defending. This drill also involves some ball handling as well as ball control. All you need for this great soccer drill are three offensive soccer players, one defender, and a goal.

Set up
Line up three cones down one of the sides of the field. Have three soccer players stand next to each cone and any additional players lined up behind the furthest cone from the goal. Make sure distance between cones is approximately 10 to 20 yards apart.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 begins with the soccer ball and passes the ball down to Player 2.
  • After releasing the soccer ball, Player 1 runs towards the center of the field until even with Player 2

Step 2

  • Player 2 passes the ball to Player 1 who immediately passes the ball down to Player 3.
  • Player 2, meanwhile, runs around Player 1 to prepare for a pass from Player 3.

Step 3

  • Player 3 passes the soccer ball back to Player 2 who then lines up and takes a shot on goal.
  • It’s the job of the goaltender to try and defend this shot from going into the net

Summary
This exercise is one of the best soccer drills for kids wanting to improve passing skills and shooting technique as well as learning how to kick a soccer ball better. It is a good soccer drill for U8 and U10 soccer and as old as U14 and high school soccer. By doing this fun shooting and passing soccer drill, players gain better teamwork and can be better prepared for their next soccer games.

Simple Pass & Shoot: Passing Assist

Simple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball in front of Player 2 and then runs to the end of the shooting lineSimple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 2 takes a one-touch shot on goal and then runs to the end of the passing line
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing and shooting accuracy, team communication

Minimum Number of Players Needed
2 Players

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
This simple yet effective soccer finishing drill is perfect for players trying to improve their passing and shooting abilities. It is very easy to set up and is great for increasing team work and individual skill.

Set up
To set up this passing/shooting drill, all you need is at least one soccer ball and a net.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes it in front of Player 2. Player 1 then runs to the end of the shooting line.

Step 2

  • Player 2 takes a one-touch shot at the goal and then runs to the end of the passing line.
  • It’s the Defensive Player’s job to keep the ball from going into the net.
  • After Player 2 attempts for a goal, the drill starts over with the next players in line.

Summary
Use this soccer passing and shooting drill to increase teamwork and enhance individual technique among your soccer team. It is a fun soccer drill for kids in U6 and U8 soccer all the way up to U12 and U14 soccer. It is even a good soccer drill for high school soccer players. This exercise may be one of the best soccer drills for kids trying to learn how to pass and kick a soccer ball more effectively. It is soccer drills like this that help prep your soccer team against opponents in their upcoming soccer games.

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Gate Passing: Passing for Accuracy

Gate Passing -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes through the gate (or cones) to Player 2Gate Passing -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: As soon as there soccer ball is received, Player 2 immediately passes the soccer ball back to the gate (or cones) to Player 1
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing technique, ball control

Minimum Number of Players Needed
2 Players

Age
U4, U6, U8, U10,U12

Overview
This is a simple soccer drill that is designed to improve passing accuracy and precision in both short and long distances. This passing drill also improves communication and team work between soccer players.

Set up
Form a gate with two cones (one gate per two players) approximately 3 feet apart

Play by Play

Step 1

The player with the soccer ball starts by passing the ball through the gate to the player without the ball

Step 2

The player who receives the ball should immediately pass the soccer ball back through the gate (or cones) to the other player

Variation

  • This drill can be made easier or harder by adjusting the size of the gates or distance between the players.
  • Forcing players to use one touch passes can further increase the difficulty of this drill.

Summary
This fun soccer drill is perfect for kids wanting to improve soccer ball passing and handling. This is one of the best soccer drills for beginners that is great for warm-ups and cool downs. This passing drill is not incredibly hard but extremely beneficial for improving soccer skills.

Diamond Passing: Passing with Movement

Diamond Passing -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes to Player 2, who passes to Player 3 while Player 1 runs around Player 2Diamond Passing -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 3 passes to Player 1, who then passes to Player 4 and then runs behind Player 4 to the back of the line
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing technique, communication skills, teamwork, ball control

Minimum Number of Players Needed
4 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This easy yet effective passing drill is perfect for kids of many ages who play soccer. Depending on the age of the soccer players, a coach could use this drill as a soccer warm up or a more advanced soccer drill.

Set up
Four soccer players make a diamond formation with extra players lined up behind two of the four players.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes to Player 2.
  • Player 2 immediately passes to Player 3 while Player 1 runs around Player 2 for the next pass.

Step 2

  • Player 3 passes the soccer ball to Player 1 who immediately passes the ball to Player 4.
  • Player 1 runs to the back of the line after releasing the soccer ball.
  • The drill then repeats starting with Player 4

Summary
This is a great passing drill for coaching kids of any age from U8 to high school soccer. By running through this fun soccer drill, players gain experience in team communication as well as individual soccer training. This is one of many passing drills for beginners as well as adults and other advanced soccer players. Soccer passing drills like this are essential for improving passing technique and overall teamwork among soccer players.

Hot Corners: Passing with Speed

Hot Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2, who immediately passes to Player 3 while Player 1 runs to the open cornerHot Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 4 passes the soccer ball to Player 2, who immediately passes the ball to Player 1 while Player 4 runs to the open corner
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, communication, soccer ball handling skills

Minimum Number of Players Needed
4 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
This great soccer drill is meant to improve player’s communication with one another while on the field. This drill is perfect for practicing close quarters passing as well as ball handing.

Set up
Place 4 cones in a square that is 10 feet by 10 feet

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with soccer ball A and Player 4 starts with a soccer ball B.
  • Player 1 passes soccer ball A to Player 2 who then passes the ball to Player 3.

Step 2

  • When Player 2 has passed soccer ball A to Player 3, Player 4 passes ball B to Player 2
  • Player 2 passes ball B to Player 1 while Player 4 runs to the open corner (or cone).

Overall Explanation
One player with a soccer ball passes to the player in the middle and then immediately runs to an open corner (cone). The player in the middle passes to the player without a ball and then sets up for the next pass.

Variation
Have players only pass with their weak foot or make square larger or smaller.

Summary
This intermediate soccer drill is great for improving accurate passing in close quarters. Players will find the more accurate their passes with the soccer ball are, the more fluidly and quickly the drill will run.

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Triangle Passing Drill: Passing with Movement

Triangle Passing Drill -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Players pass the soccer ball in a counter-clockwise motion. As soon as they pass the soccer ball, they follow their pass and run to the next position in the triangle
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Teamwork, passing technique, ball handling 

Minimum Number of Players Needed
4 Players

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12, U14 

Overview
This simple yet useful passing drill is a great soccer drill for kids of all ages. It’s easy to learn this soccer exercise, and it is very easy to set up.

Set up
Form a triangle as shown below with one additional player behind the player who starts with the soccer ball. Have extra players form new triangles or line up behind the three players who make up the original triangle.

Play by Play

Step 1

Player 1 begins with the soccer ball and passes it down to the Player 2. Player 1, then, follows the pass to Player 2’s position while Player 4 takes over Player 1’s initial position. Player 2 passes the ball to Player 3 and then follows the pass to Player 3’s position. The drill continues in this fashion. 

Summary
This fun and easy soccer drill is perfect for kids wanting to improve soccer ball control and passing. It is appropriate for a wide range of ages, from U6 and U8 soccer to U12 and U14 soccer.  This is one of the best soccer drills for beginners that is great for warm-ups and cool downs. This passing drill is not incredibly hard but extremely beneficial for improving fundamental soccer skills.

Around Town: Passing Drill

Around Town -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Players pass the soccer ball in a counter-clockwise motion. As soon as they pass the soccer ball, they follow their pass and run to the end of the line at the next position in the square
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, ball handling, team communication

Minimum Number of Players Needed
5 Players

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
This is one of the easiest and best passing drills for coaching kids trying to improve their passing technique and overall team work.

Set up
Four soccer players form a diamond-like or square-like soccer formation with extra players lined up behind each of the four players.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts by passing the soccer ball to Player 2 and then runs to the end of the line where Player 2 was standing.
  • Likewise, Player 2 passes the ball to Player 3 and then moves to the end of the line where Player 3 was standing.

Step 2

  • Player 3 then passes the soccer ball to Player 4 and runs to the end of the line where Player 4 was standing.
  • Player 4 passes the ball to the next player and then moves to the end of that player’s line.

General Case

  • In general, a player passes the soccer ball to the player on his right and then follows the pass to the next position. Make it harder by switching directions, forcing players to use more of their left foot.

Summary

    This soccer passing drill for kids is fun for improving both offensive and defensive players’ capabilities. Whether you are coaching U6 or U10 soccer, this is one of the best soccer drills for kids wanting to learn how to pass a soccer ball quickly and effectively while under pressure.  This fun soccer drill is great to use towards the end of your soccer practice, when using soccer game like drills will increase your team’s engagement.

Combination: Shooting Drill, Passing Drill

Combination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 and then runs towards the goalCombination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1 who then immediately passes the ball to Player 3 while Player 2 runs around Player 1 and sets up for a shooting opportunityCombination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 3 passes the soccer ball back to Player 2 who takes a shot on goal
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, shooting technique, team coordination

Minimum Number of Players Needed
3 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This great soccer drill helps players to individually improve shooting and passing accuracy.  This fun soccer drill also allows the soccer team to improve their ability to pass fluidly and efficiently during soccer matches.

Set up
Place soccer players in the following positions shown in the Step 1 diagram

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts this drill by passing the soccer ball to Player 2, and then runs towards the goal

Step 2

  • Player 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1, who passes on to Player3
  • Meanwhile Player 2 runs around Player 1 to set up for a shooting opportunity

Step 3

  • Player 3 quickly passes the soccer ball to Player 2, who takes a shot at the goal

Variation
This soccer drill can be executed on both the left and right sides of the field, ensuring your players practice shooting with both feet.

Summary
This fun soccer drill is well suited to help improve your soccer team’s offensive capabilities. This is one of the best soccer drills for kids working on their own individual skills as well as overall teamwork. This shooting and passing drill works great for kids in U8 and U10 soccer teams to U14, U16 and high school soccer teams. Focusing on passing, shooting and overall teamwork, this soccer drill will help prepare your soccer team for their next soccer games.

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Diamond Pass & Shoot: Passing to Score

Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes to player 2, who passes to player 3 who shoots.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 1 move to player 2 position, who moves to player 3 position. Player 3 goes to top of box.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 5 passes to player 4, who passes to player 2 who shoots.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 4: Player 5 move to player 4 position, who moves to player 2 position. Player 2 goes to top of box.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, shooting technique, ball control

Minimum Number of Players Needed
4 Players

Age
U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
If you are looking for a soccer drill that covers multiple skills and areas for improvement, you have come to the right place. This soccer drill helps soccer players build key teamwork and harmony among players as well as provides additional shooting practice.

Set up
Players start this passing/shooting drill in a diamond formation. There must be at least four soccer players, a soccer ball, one goaltender, and a net. Extra players should line up behind Player 1.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes it to Player 2.
  • Player 2 then passes to Player 3, whose back is facing the goal.

Step 2

  • Player 3 spins around and takes a shot at the net, attempting a goal.
  • Meanwhile, Player 1 moves to Player 2’s position and Player 2 moves to Player 3’s position.

Step 3

  • After Player 3 has taken a shot and starts running back to the end of the line, Player 5 begins a new sequence by passing the soccer ball to Player 4.
  • Player 4 then immediately passes the ball to Player 2.

Step 4

  • Player 2 spins around and takes a shot at the net, attempting a goal.
  • Meanwhile, Player 5 moves to Player 4’s position and Player 4 moves to Player 2’s position.

Step 5

  • After Player 2 attempts a shot and starts running back to the end of the line, the soccer drill starts from the top with the next player in line. 

Summary
This passing and shooting combination drill is one of the best soccer drills to teach kids looking to improve team communication as well as their shooting capabilities. This soccer passing and shooting drill is perfect for players anywhere from U10 and U12 to high school soccer. By running through this soccer drill, kids improve passing technique, teamwork, and shooting ability.

Four Corners: Passing with Pressure

Four Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 has two passing options, while player 4 tries to steal soccer ball.Four Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 1 passes to Player 2, and player three moves up to give player 2 two passing options, while defender tries to steal soccer ball.Four Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 2 has two passing options, while defender tries to steal soccer ball.Four Corners -- Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 4: Defender steals ball, and swaps places with Player 2. Drill restarts.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Soccer passing drill, ball control drill, soccer defense drill

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
This fun soccer drill allows players to improve their ball handling and ball control skills as well as their footwork and defensive skills. This soccer drill is also good for enhancing communication between offensive players.

Set up
Place 4 cones in a square that is 20 feet by 20 feet

Play by Play

Step 1

  • In this soccer game, Player 1 starts with the soccer ball. They can pass the soccer ball to either Player 2 or Player 3. The Defensive Player should guard Player 1 and attempt to steal the soccer ball or force it out of bounds.

Step 2

  • If Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2, the defensive player should then guard Player 2. Meanwhile, player 3 should move up to get square with player 2, creating a 90 degree passing angle.

Step 3

  • Ideally, in this soccer drill the player with the ball should always have two passing options – a player to the left and to the right. It is significantly easier for the defensive player to steal the soccer ball or force it out of bounds when the player with the ball does not have passing options to both sides.

Step 4

  • If the defensive player successfully steals the ball or forces an error, the offensive player who committed the error then becomes the new defensive player. Likewise, the defensive player becomes an offensive player, and then the soccer drill resets.

Summary
This soccer drill for kids is perfect for improving both offensive and defensive players’ capabilities on how to kick a soccer ball and how to defend a soccer ball. Soccer passing drills like this one are some of the best soccer drills for developing your players passing technique. This is a soccer drill for beginners and is not like other advanced soccer drills that are too hard for kids to understand.  This fun soccer drill is great to use towards the end of your soccer practice, when using soccer games will increase your team’s engagement.

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Simple Dribble & Shoot: Dribbling Drill, Shooting Drill

Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Setup: Place cones in T pattern in front of goal.Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Dribble around cones and shoot from right.Simple Dribble & Shoot -- Dribbling Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Dribble around cones and shoot from left.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Dribbling and ball control, shooting accuracy, goalkeeper drill

Minimum Number of Players Needed
1 Player

Age
U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This soccer drill is perfect for players looking to improve their dribbling and ball handling skills while also working on their soccer shooting technique. It also works as a good soccer goalie drill.

Set up
In order to set up this soccer drill, you will need one net, one goalie, and roughly seven cones. The layout of this setup is shown in the diagram.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • The first player in the line should start on the left side of the initial cone with a soccer ball, sprint to the next cone, cut around the cone, and then take a shot from inside the right gate to attempt a goal.
  • Then, the player should return to the end of the line while the next player begins the drill.

Step 2

  • Once all of the players have run through the drill, they should switch sides and start over. This means that the first player would start with the soccer ball on the right side of the initial cone, run to the next cone, cut around the cone to the left, and then shoot the ball at the goal from inside the left gate.
  • Then, the player should run back to the end of the line while the next player begins.
  • After all players have finished, the soccer drill then resets and starts over again.

Summary
This dribbling and shooting drill is one of the best soccer drills for kids in U10 soccer up to high school soccer. This soccer drill helps players feel more comfortable behind a soccer ball while dribbling and shooting at the net. It can be used by beginners and more intermediate soccer players. The shooting part of this drill will help improve players on how to kick a soccer ball with accuracy and how to score a goal. By running through this drill, your soccer team will become better prepared for their next soccer games both on offense and defense.

Drop Shot: Shooting from Volley

Drop Shot -- Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Soccer players line up in front of the net and shoot on the half volley at the goal while a goalie tries to block the soccer balls
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Shooting technique, foot-eye coordination, ball control 

Minimum Number of Players Needed
1 Player

Age
U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
For soccer players trying to improve their soccer shooting skills, this fun and simple soccer drill helps kids learn how to kick a soccer ball on target. This soccer drill can also help goalies or defenders practice blocking the soccer ball.

Set up
Line up offensive players behind the half volley and place a defender or goalie in front of the goal.

Play by Play

Step 1

The first offensive player in line starts with a soccer ball and drops the ball at the marker. The player then shoots on the half volley at the goal. This means that the player has to kick the ball while it is in the air before hitting the ground. It is the defensive player’s job to stop the soccer ball from going into the net.

Summary
This is one of the great soccer shooting drills for both offense and defense. Whether a soccer coach is trying to teach players how to volley a soccer ball or teach defenders how to properly block a ball, this drill does it all. Soccer drills for U10 and up like this one are primarily for intermediate soccer players trying to elevate their game play.

Three Man Plan: Passing to Score

Three Man Plan -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 and then runs towards the center of the fieldPlayer 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1 who then immediately passes to Player 3. Meanwhile Player 2 runs around Player 1 to set up for a scoring opportunitySimple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 3 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 who takes a shot at the goal
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Shooting technique, passing ability, teamwork skills, defending skills 

Minimum Number of Players Needed
3 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This fun soccer drill is good for improving all aspects of your soccer team. It encompasses team passing, shooting, and defending. This drill also involves some ball handling as well as ball control. All you need for this great soccer drill are three offensive soccer players, one defender, and a goal.

Set up
Line up three cones down one of the sides of the field. Have three soccer players stand next to each cone and any additional players lined up behind the furthest cone from the goal. Make sure distance between cones is approximately 10 to 20 yards apart.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 begins with the soccer ball and passes the ball down to Player 2.
  • After releasing the soccer ball, Player 1 runs towards the center of the field until even with Player 2

Step 2

  • Player 2 passes the ball to Player 1 who immediately passes the ball down to Player 3.
  • Player 2, meanwhile, runs around Player 1 to prepare for a pass from Player 3.

Step 3

  • Player 3 passes the soccer ball back to Player 2 who then lines up and takes a shot on goal.
  • It’s the job of the goaltender to try and defend this shot from going into the net

Summary
This exercise is one of the best soccer drills for kids wanting to improve passing skills and shooting technique as well as learning how to kick a soccer ball better. It is a good soccer drill for U8 and U10 soccer and as old as U14 and high school soccer. By doing this fun shooting and passing soccer drill, players gain better teamwork and can be better prepared for their next soccer games.

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Simple Pass & Shoot: Passing Assist

Simple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball in front of Player 2 and then runs to the end of the shooting lineSimple Pass & Shoot -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 2 takes a one-touch shot on goal and then runs to the end of the passing line
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing and shooting accuracy, team communication

Minimum Number of Players Needed
2 Players

Age
U6, U8, U10, U12, U14

Overview
This simple yet effective soccer finishing drill is perfect for players trying to improve their passing and shooting abilities. It is very easy to set up and is great for increasing team work and individual skill.

Set up
To set up this passing/shooting drill, all you need is at least one soccer ball and a net.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes it in front of Player 2. Player 1 then runs to the end of the shooting line.

Step 2

  • Player 2 takes a one-touch shot at the goal and then runs to the end of the passing line.
  • It’s the Defensive Player’s job to keep the ball from going into the net.
  • After Player 2 attempts for a goal, the drill starts over with the next players in line.

Summary
Use this soccer passing and shooting drill to increase teamwork and enhance individual technique among your soccer team. It is a fun soccer drill for kids in U6 and U8 soccer all the way up to U12 and U14 soccer. It is even a good soccer drill for high school soccer players. This exercise may be one of the best soccer drills for kids trying to learn how to pass and kick a soccer ball more effectively. It is soccer drills like this that help prep your soccer team against opponents in their upcoming soccer games.

Combination: Shooting Drill, Passing Drill

Combination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes the soccer ball to Player 2 and then runs towards the goalCombination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1 who then immediately passes the ball to Player 3 while Player 2 runs around Player 1 and sets up for a shooting opportunityCombination Passing/Shooting Drill -- Passing and Shooting Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 3 passes the soccer ball back to Player 2 who takes a shot on goal
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, shooting technique, team coordination

Minimum Number of Players Needed
3 Players

Age
U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
This great soccer drill helps players to individually improve shooting and passing accuracy.  This fun soccer drill also allows the soccer team to improve their ability to pass fluidly and efficiently during soccer matches.

Set up
Place soccer players in the following positions shown in the Step 1 diagram

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts this drill by passing the soccer ball to Player 2, and then runs towards the goal

Step 2

  • Player 2 passes the soccer ball back to Player 1, who passes on to Player3
  • Meanwhile Player 2 runs around Player 1 to set up for a shooting opportunity

Step 3

  • Player 3 quickly passes the soccer ball to Player 2, who takes a shot at the goal

Variation
This soccer drill can be executed on both the left and right sides of the field, ensuring your players practice shooting with both feet.

Summary
This fun soccer drill is well suited to help improve your soccer team’s offensive capabilities. This is one of the best soccer drills for kids working on their own individual skills as well as overall teamwork. This shooting and passing drill works great for kids in U8 and U10 soccer teams to U14, U16 and high school soccer teams. Focusing on passing, shooting and overall teamwork, this soccer drill will help prepare your soccer team for their next soccer games.

Diamond Pass & Shoot: Passing to Score

Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 1: Player 1 passes to player 2, who passes to player 3 who shoots.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 2: Player 1 move to player 2 position, who moves to player 3 position. Player 3 goes to top of box.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 3: Player 5 passes to player 4, who passes to player 2 who shoots.Diamond Pass & Shoot -- Shooting/Passing Soccer Drill -- Step 4: Player 5 move to player 4 position, who moves to player 2 position. Player 2 goes to top of box.
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Soccer Drill Exercises
Passing skills, shooting technique, ball control

Minimum Number of Players Needed
4 Players

Age
U10, U12, U14, U16

Overview
If you are looking for a soccer drill that covers multiple skills and areas for improvement, you have come to the right place. This soccer drill helps soccer players build key teamwork and harmony among players as well as provides additional shooting practice.

Set up
Players start this passing/shooting drill in a diamond formation. There must be at least four soccer players, a soccer ball, one goaltender, and a net. Extra players should line up behind Player 1.

Play by Play

Step 1

  • Player 1 starts with the soccer ball and passes it to Player 2.
  • Player 2 then passes to Player 3, whose back is facing the goal.

Step 2

  • Player 3 spins around and takes a shot at the net, attempting a goal.
  • Meanwhile, Player 1 moves to Player 2’s position and Player 2 moves to Player 3’s position.

Step 3

  • After Player 3 has taken a shot and starts running back to the end of the line, Player 5 begins a new sequence by passing the soccer ball to Player 4.
  • Player 4 then immediately passes the ball to Player 2.

Step 4

  • Player 2 spins around and takes a shot at the net, attempting a goal.
  • Meanwhile, Player 5 moves to Player 4’s position and Player 4 moves to Player 2’s position.

Step 5

  • After Player 2 attempts a shot and starts running back to the end of the line, the soccer drill starts from the top with the next player in line. 

Summary
This passing and shooting combination drill is one of the best soccer drills to teach kids looking to improve team communication as well as their shooting capabilities. This soccer passing and shooting drill is perfect for players anywhere from U10 and U12 to high school soccer. By running through this soccer drill, kids improve passing technique, teamwork, and shooting ability.

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