SOCCER TRAINING DRILLS TO IMPROVE BALL CONTROL

Soccer Training Drills to Improve Ball Control

SOCCER INFORMATION AND DRILLS
FOR PARENTS, YOUNG PLAYERS, AND COACHES

Soccer training drills to improve ball control skills starts at home at a very young age.

No structure, no coach, no rules. Just the young player having fun with the soccer ball and adding more and more touches to their feet.

Ball control skills start at home and keep developing through different soccer training drills to improve ball control as the player gets older, faster and stronger. 

This soccer training session was planned around soccer training drills to improve ball control, agility, speed and coordination. 

Soccer is a sport where players accelerate, decelerate and change direction very often.

Every training session includes agility, speed and conditioning soccer drills to get the young players to simply move.

Boys in training are 8 - 13 years old and have different skill levels.

Soccer knows no age! Players are encouraged to outwork their peers. Hard work trumps talent when talent doesn't want to work hard. 

Talent combined with hard work leads to a different level of playing.

SOCCER TRAINING TIMELINE

  • (00:00) JUGGLING - 10 MIN
  • (01:13) RIGHT FOOT BALL CONTROL - 90 SEC
  • (02:31) LEFT FOOT BALL CONTROL - 90 SEC
  • (03:54) BOTH FEET FREESTYLE - 90 SEC
  • (05:27) STEP AROUND THE SOCCER BALL - 90 SEC
  • (06:50) AIR BALL SETTLE AND SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (09:21) FIRST TIME SHOT - 4 REPS
  • (11:14) TRAP AND SHOT - 4 REPS
  • (12:48) SPRINT AND BACK PEDAL - 4 REPS
  • (15:09) SHUTTLE RUN COMPETITION - 4 REPS
  • (18:15) ATTACKING WITH THE BALL - 4 REPS
  • (20:31) AROUND THE SQUARE CONTROL AND SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (22:39) CONTROL, PASS, TURN & SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (26:31) DRIBBLE THE GATES AND SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (29:19) MINI SOCCER 4 TEAM GAME TIME - 25 MIN
  • (32:34) PLANK - 90 SEC
  • (37:16) PUSHUPS - 90 SEC

WARM UP SOCCER TRAINING DRILLS TO IMPROVE BALL CONTROL

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Soccer Training Drills to Improve Ball Control 2

Juggling is fun, repetitive and works on players' touches, coordination and creativity. 

Players can practice juggling to get more and more juggles with consistent practice. 

Drinking water and staying hydrated is very important in soccer. Players are constantly reminded to  drink water throughout the training session.

Boys progress with 100’s of touches through timed soccer training drills to improve ball control and get more familiar with the surface of the soccer ball. 

Players are encouraged to simply touch the soccer ball and move around the grid. Touches lead to better skills with the ball, and more confidence on the field.

  • (00:00) JUGGLING - 10 MIN
  • (01:13) RIGHT FOOT BALL CONTROL - 90 SEC
  • (02:31) LEFT FOOT BALL CONTROL - 90 SEC
  • (03:54) BOTH FEET FREESTYLE - 90 SEC
  • (05:27) STEP AROUND THE SOCCER BALL - 90 SEC

SHOOTING DRILLS FOR SOCCER

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Now comes the fun part of training, shooting.

Progression from touches and ball control leads to having fun taking shots on goal from various different situations, including air ball settle and shoot, first time shooting, give and go pass followed by a shot. 

Shooting and game time is usually the most fun part of training for young soccer players.

I always make time for taking shots on goal and use this as a tool to get the most out of players during the tough and not so fun running exercises that don't include the soccer ball. 

Each shooting soccer drill is done in reps of 4 using different game like situations to set up and take a shot. 

  • (06:50) AIR BALL SETTLE AND SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (09:21) FIRST TIME SHOT - 4 REPS
  • (11:14) TRAP AND SHOT - 4 REPS

SOCCER AGILITY AND SPEED TRAINING DRILLS

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Soccer Training Drills to Improve Ball Control 5

Soccer games are made up of constant change of speed and movement with or without the soccer ball. Quick footwork and ability to change direction quickly makes the player a lot harder to guard and pass on the field. 

Players find themselves backpedaling quite often in the game of soccer so boys are put through these two exercises to work on footwork, backpedaling, agility and speed. 

Competition makes the players work harder as they compete against each other. Now I try to make the majority of agility, speed and fitness soccer drills in a way of competition. 

  • (12:48) SPRINT AND BACK PEDAL - 4 REPS
  • (15:09) SHUTTLE RUN COMPETITION - 4 REPS

SOCCER BALL DRIBBLING AND SHOOTING DRILLS

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Soccer Training Drills to Improve Ball Control 7

More soccer training drills to improve ball control, dribbling, coordination and attacking with the intention of shooting. 

Same grid is used for all the soccer drills.

Players are encouraged to concentrate and focus on their touches and thinking how to touch and turn with the soccer ball. 

  • (18:15) ATTACKING WITH THE BALL - 4 REPS
  • (20:31) AROUND THE SQUARE CONTROL AND SHOOT - 4 REPS
  • (22:39) CONTROL, PASS, TURN & SHOOT - 4 REPS

DRIBBLING DRILLS FOR SOCCER

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Four gates can be used in different ways with and without the soccer ball. 

This time four gates are used for soccer training drills to improve ball control and dribbling.

Boys use close control to go quickly around the gates and finish with a shot on goal.  

  • (26:31) DRIBBLE THE GATES AND SHOOT - 4 REPS

4 TEAM MINI SOCCER GAME TIME

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Soccer Training Drills to Improve Ball Control 10

Four gates are used to make a fun and competitive game in a small space. 

Players are split up into teams of 2 with each team having a goal to defend. When a goal is scored one player has to step off. 

Planks and pushups are mixed in with playing time. 

Boys play the last 20 - 30 minutes of every training session. 

I use this time to pick up all the equipment and slowly bring the session to an end. 

  • (29:19) MINI SOCCER 4 TEAM GAME TIME - 25 MIN
  • (32:34) PLANK - 90 SEC
  • (37:16) PUSHUPS - 90 SEC

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