In this post, we are going to cover soccer drills for 4, 5, 6, and 7-year-olds. This drill is a continuation of my previous drills for toddlers. However, this does not mean you should abandon the baby drills.
Age group: 4, 5, 6, & 7 years old
You can still incorporate them in the drills below, except that your kids older now and you need to make it a bit more challenging. That is because they already developed some balance, coordination, and good motor skills.
All the drills do complement each other so do not reject any drill you think is a waste of time. You can run through the list of drills below for each training session. By now you should call yourself a coach as you have been coaching your kid since 1. Please see my coaching tips here.
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You are going to need the following equipment:At least 4 cones – flat or raised type. You can use water bottles to start.2 x size 1, 2, or 3 balls. Actually, the more balls available the better so that training is not interrupted.Soccer shoes. Get your kid to familiarize himself or herself with wearing soccer shoes.Shin guards. Good to start familiarizing yourself with it.Portable goal (optional). You can use 2 cones or water bottles as goals.
The entire drill should take about 40 minutes but my kids begged me to continue and we ended up with 1 hour… because it’s fun!
Coaching tipsYou need to show your kid how to do all the drills first. Start slow and increase the tempo as drills become easier.Your kid is still growing – expect slow progress at first.Use your own ball to demonstrate the drills.KEEP IT FUN ALL THE TIME
This drill focuses on balance and when I tried it with my kids, my 6 years old goes wobbly but she mastered it in a few minutes.
A smaller ball size 1 and 2 are ideal for this drill.
It’s best that you and your kid have a ball each so that he or she can mimic you.Stand in front of the ball Put your right foot on the ball for a secondPut your right foot back to the groundPut your left foot on the ball for a second Put your left foot back on the groundRepeat
Same as Drill 1 but you must simultaneously switch right to the left foot.Stand in front of the ball Rest your right foot on the ballSimultaneously switch the right foot to left in ajumping motion.Repeat
Drill 3: Pass the ball back and forth
This is a ball control and accuracy drill that aims to build skills to trap the ball and pass it accurately.Have your kid pass to you by kicking inside of his or her footYou stop the ball under the sole of your foot. Passback to your kid by kicking inside your footRepeat
When drill becomes easier over time you may increase the distance between you and your kid
Similar to drill number 3 but each sequence starts with the other foot.
This is a great drill for training your kid’s weaker foot in ball control and accuracy.Ask your kid to pass the ball to you. You receive the ball with your right footPass the ball back with your right footYour kid pass the ball back to youYou receive the ball with your left foot Pass the ball back to your right foot. Repeat
Drill 5: Walk & dribble
Place 2 cones to form a 5-meter line and instruct your kid to walk and dribble the ball around it.
You need to demonstrate the drill before and during the training.Starting at the first cone Kick the ball slightly ahead, enough for your kid to work 2 steps before reaching it. Walk behind the ball and kick it again When you reach the second cone Go around it and return to the first coneRepeat
If the drill becomes easier:You may increase the distance between the 2 conesAdd the third cone to form a triangle. Ask your kid to go around the cones clockwise and then anti-clockwiseOr go to drill number 6 below
Drill 6: Run & dribble
Similar to drill number 5 but your kid will run this time, instead of walking
The running will definitely help improve your kid’s fitness level as well.Starting at the first cone Kick the ball slightly ahead, enough for your kid to work 2 steps before reaching it. Then run behind the ball and kick it again When you reach the second cone Go around it and return to the first coneRepeat
Encourage your kid to use his or her weak foot for kicking as well.
If the drill becomes easier:You may increase the distance between the 2 conesAdd the third cone to form a triangle. Ask your kid to go around the cones clockwise and then anti-clockwise
Drill 7: Kick the parent
This is a drill that will develop your kid’s kicking and dribbling. It is also good for fitness.Create a square playing area by placing 4 cones 5 X 5 metersChallenge your kid to kick the ball to hit you while you move around in the square area Make it easy for the ball to hit you so that your kid is enjoying the drillReward your child with praise every time he or she succeeds
Drill 8: Kick bowling
This is an exciting drill that is great for kicking accuracy and eye-foot coordination skills.
Similar to bowling but the pins will be a group of cones and your kid will kick the ball to try and knock over as many as possible.Group together a few cones or put them closer, as in bowlingPosition your kid 2 meters from the ballInstruct your kid to knock them out with the ball. Celebrate when all cones are knockedRepeat
Instead of kicking the ball, why not start by holding the ball and roll it to the cones?
That is a good goalkeeping training drill.
Drill 9: Throw, bounce, and catch
Great for eye-hand coordination and similar to the drill described in the toddler drills, but, with some variations.
Also excellent for goalkeeping training.Stand 2 meters from your kidThrow the ball but it must bounce once before reaching your kidYour kid will throw the ball and bounce once before reaching you.Repeat
Drill 10: Cone weaving
This drill encourages your kid to run and dribble the ball through a line of cones.Line up 4 cones 1 meter apartInstruct your kid to dribble the ball by weaving through the conereturn to the starting point by weaving through the cones as wellRepeat
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Drill 11: Pass the ball through the coach’s legs
This drill is all about accuracy, kicking, and a little bit of goalkeeping which I am sure your kid is going to enjoy.
Your kid will kick the ball between your legs then run past you and tackle the ball.Get your kid to stand with the soccer ballMove a meter away from your kidStand facing your kid with your legs slightly apartInstruct your kid to kick the ball through your legsThen run past you and tackle or lay on the ball.you turn around to face him of her again(repeat)
Place 2 cones for your kid to pass the ball through, run around it and tackle the ball.
Drill 12: Pass, kick, and score
This drill involves kicking a moving ball and scoring a goal, therefore, eye-foot coordination and accuracy is the key here.Set up a goal, either by pacing 2 cones as goal post or use the Pugg portable goalstand with your kid 2 meters from the goalmouthRoll the ball towards the goalmouthInstruct your kid to run after the ballKick the ball to the goal to scoreCELEBRATE!Repeat
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At some point, these drills will become easier for your kid as their ball mastery skills developed.
Do not hesitate to add variation to the drills to make it a bit more challenging or introducing totally new drills.
Also, do not forget to include a lot of fun as well.
See my other soccer drills here:5 Basic Kids Soccer DrillsSoccer Goalkeeper Drills10 Incredibly Simple Soccer Drills For ToddlersCheck Out My Product Reviews
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