The Best Drills For Youth Soccer

Soccer is one of the most popular kid sports, and for good reason. You can not only teach young players the fundamentals of ball skills, but you can also develop fun, healthy methods for them to get outside and keep active. Soccer drills are one of the most effective strategies to enhance your abilities quickly. When you first start playing soccer, you want to know the best drills to help you make the most improvement in the quickest time.

It’s difficult to teach youngsters basic soccer skills and age-appropriate soccer drills. Youths between the ages of 8 and 14 are readily distracted and extremely impressionable. Unfortunately, if the fundamentals of soccer training are not taught properly, those first impressions can lead to the development of poor soccer form and technique. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the greatest soccer drills for beginners to use in their teaching sessions. Whether you’re a newbie trying to better your abilities or a coach looking to help someone new to the game, there’s something for everyone. These activities will assist acquaint students with field movement, shooting, ball handling, passing, and fitness in one way or another.

Dribbling Drill

Dribbling in soccer refers to moving forward with the ball at your feet while maintaining control of the ball and possession. It’s a difficult talent to learn, but once you do, you’ll notice a significant difference in a game. Taking on an opponent and dribbling the ball past them is also quite rewarding!


This practice is designed to help you improve your ability to control the ball while moving. The more you practice, the faster you’ll be able to navigate between the cones without allowing the ball to escape. With the ball at your feet, you’ll also be able to shift directions more fast. 

Needed kit: 

  • cones
  • a soccer ball.


  • Set 5–10 cones in a straight line about 2 yards (1.8 meters) apart for this practice.
  • Place yourself at one back of the line of cones with the ball at your feet.
  • Begin by softly kicking the ball forward past the left-hand side of the first cone with your dominant foot. Push the ball between the first two cones and follow it through when it is about halfway between them. You’ll be on the right side of the row of cones at this point. Kick the ball beyond the next cone and then push it through the next two cones from this position. You should now be on the left-hand side of the cones after following the ball through them. Continue doing so until the line of cones reaches the finish.
  • Turn around and restart the practice after you’ve reached the end of the line of cones.

Passing Drills

One of the most important aspects of soccer is the ability to pass the ball correctly. It enables your side to advance the ball effectively across the field towards your opponent’s goal and, ideally, score a goal. Passing drills, on the other hand, allow you to retain the ball in your team’s control. And the truth is that the less time the opposing side has with the ball, the less chance they have of scoring a goal against you.