U10 Soccer Drills to Improve Coordination,
and Ball Handling Skills.
U10 soccer drills need to include lots of touches on the soccer ball,
with different parts of the foot, and direction change with the ball.
coaching youth soccer players, I always encourage players creativity
and flair while the players focus on my exercise, allowing them to add
different touches, rolls or turns on their own.
The ball rarely stops, and there are constant touches applied, and encouraged by myself, the coach.
U10 soccer drills are focused on keeping the ball close, within half a
m/yd of the player, so that he/she will form a habit to control the
soccer ball with multiple touches and close to his/her feet, opposed to
heavy touches; where the ball is exposed to defenders.
ITS YOUR BALL, PROTECT IT!
time, close touches develop into control and ball manipulation for
players to use and increase the time they get on the ball.
allows players to see empty space, other teammates on the field, and
make better decisions in the game. After all, it is a very fast paced
Once a player feels comfortable with the soccer ball,
they will use their first touch to move with the ball, and expose empty
space on the field; or make a different decision to better impact the
This soccer training guide will keep you, or your team
occupied for 60 - 90 minutes, getting 1000's of touches on the ball, and
building a relationship with the soccer ball.
U10 Soccer Drills with the Ball and Stopwatch
After 5 - 10 minutes of juggling the soccer ball, move into getting
more familiar with the soccer ball through 1000's of touches and
different parts of the foot.
- Inside/Outside Right Foot X 60 - 90 sec
- Inside/Outside Left Foot X 60 - 90 sec
- Inside/Outside Alternating Feet X 60 - 90 sec
Take water breaks as needed, but work hard and REALLY CONCENTRATE on the touches and contact with the ball.
Tap Roll or Toe Touches with a Roll x 60 - 90 sec. Right Toe Touch,
Left Toe Touch, Right Roll Across Body... Continue with Left Toe Touch,
Right Toe Touch, Left Roll Across Body. Try to find a rhythm and do it
continuously without stopping.
- Triangles x 60 - 90 sec.
Pull the ball back with the sole of the right foot, and pass it with the
inside of the same foot behind the heel of the standing foot. Continue
with the left foot.
- Gates with a Roll x 60 - 90
sec. Touch the soccer ball with the inside of both feet and add a roll across body every 3th or 5th touch on the ball.
After you have finished 1 or 2 repetitions, take 2 minutes
to express yourself with the soccer ball. Dribble the ball and
get creative with your touches; try different skills and tricks with the ball.
Soccer Training Tips:
doing the Inside/Outside Touches move the soccer ball in a zig zag
across your body, rather than kicking the ball forward. Get creative and
add another move like rolling the ball, stepover, scissor or any other
- Stay on your
toes. Its a great habit to create, as it makes you lighter and faster on your feet as you get older and heavier.
- Quick touches
on the ball for faster ball movement.
- Beginner players SLOOOOOW DOOOOWN to learn
the technique; speed will come after.
- NO WALKING. Super slow jog to stay on your toes for faster reaction.
U10 Soccer Drills
Develop Control with the Ball
- Set up 9 cones in an M shape as seen in the picture above.
- Space cones 10 m/yd from bottom to top cone and 1 m/yd, or less for the inside cones.
- Dribble the soccer ball from the starting cone, around each cone, moving with the soccer ball through all the cones.
the 10 m/yd space to get as many touches on the ball as you can, or add
1 or 2 dribble moves. Keep the ball close, don't just kick it forward.
- (Optional) Finish with a pass or shot on goal, after dribbling the ball around the last cone.
U10 SOCCER DRILLS - VARIATIONS
- Right foot only
- Left foot only
- Alternate feet
- Roll across body
- Juggle the ball across, and around cones.
- GET CREATIVE...
Soccer Coaching Tips:
- Use quick, short touches when dribbling the soccer ball. Keep the ball close.
- Make tight turns around the cones.
- Really Concentrate on your touches; every step should be a touch on the ball.
U10 Soccer Drills with Forward and Backwards Dribbling
- Set up 8 cones into 3 small squares next to each other, 3 m/yd x 3 m/yd apart.
- This should create channels through which the player will move with the soccer ball.
- At the end, player can take a shot on goal, or bring the ball back through the channels once again to the starting point.
This cone set up can be used for many different variations of ball control.
- Gates forward, around the front cone, and than gates backwards to the back cone, repeat...
- Toe taps forward, around the front cone, and toe taps backwards dragging the ball back to the cone, repeat...
- Rolls across body with the right foot forward, bring it back with rolls across body with the left foot back...
- Short touches with the right foot only.
- Short touches with the left foot only.
- Free touches.
- GET CREATIVE and simply don't let the ball stop. MORE touches for BETTER control.
U10 Soccer Drills for Trapping the Soccer Ball
This soccer exercise is going to help players build coordination on
the ball, and first touch to turn into space with the ball coming from
- Set up 4 cones into a square 10 m/yd X 10 m/yd apart.
- Player will start in the center of the square.
- Throw, or kick the soccer ball in the air.
- Trap the ball using a specific part of the foot, or thigh, with the intention to keep the ball close.
the cones around the square to trap the ball with the first touch
towards one of the cones, dribbling the ball around that cone and
bringing it back to the center of the square.
Soccer Training Variations:
- Toe Trap Right Foot X 10 Reps
- Toe Trap Left Foot X 10 Reps
- Inside Right Trap X 10 Reps
- Inside Left Trap X 10 Reps
- Outside Right Trap X 10 Reps
- Outside Left Trap X 10 Reps
U10 Soccer Drills
soccer shooting/attacking drills
- Soccer Shooting Drills
will help players develop their kicks on the soccer ball. There are
different kinds of shooting techniques in soccer. Knowing the right way
to kick the ball is crucial to firm and precise shooting.
- Soccer Shooting Tips to learn the proper shooting technique and positive habits for shooting the soccer ball.
- Fun Soccer Drills using games with attacking drills through crossing, or shooting.
soccer passing drills
soccer ball control drills
- Ball Control Soccer Drills to help players get more familiar with the surface of the ball.
- Soccer Training Drills to improve players ball control skills. Getting familiar with the soccer ball takes time, consistency and effort.
- U10 Soccer Training Drills to improve ball handling skills, agility, coordination, and speed.
- Soccer Drills for Beginner soccer players U8 and U6. These soccer drills can also be adapted to older kids by changing the pace, and adding few skills.
- Small Sided Games to teach youth soccer players how to play soccer through the game being the Coach. Players will fall in love with the game from simply playing soccer.
- This Soccer Drill is many kids favorite soccer training drill in practice. The game is the Coach, while players enjoy competitive side of soccer in smaller spaces.
- First Touch Soccer Drills to help young players work on their passing, receiving, and moving. Smart players, with great
ball control, will use their first touch to get out of tight situations,
and surrounding defenders.
SOCCER FITNESS, SPEED AND AGILITY
- Agility Ladder Drills,
also called Speed Ladder Drills, are very important for soccer players to develop agility, and speed.
- Soccer Agility Drills
are used to improve players balance, footwork, and
coordination. Change of direction is frequent throughout the game, so being
agile, and able to quickly change direction is really important.
- Soccer Conditioning Drills
will build up the players endurance for the WHOLE game. Players usually
frown on these soccer drills, as they push them to exhaustion point;
but prepare them for the game. Fit player is twice as valuable for any
team in a match.
- Speed Training Drills will push players to build up their explosive speed, tight cornering, and the ability to speed up, and slow down their pace. These drills will build up the players endurance, and shorten the recovery after sprints.