Documenting my youth soccer training sessions and displaying various youth soccer drills for any young soccer player or coach to use and get ideas from.
I believe that all young soccer players have to constantly be encouraged to repeat basic soccer fundamentals at an early age so that these simple moves and skills can be ingrained in them from an early age.
As they get older and start developing in size, they will already have the skills to control and manipulate the soccer ball without much thinking.
I always start all of my training
sessions with ball control and getting more and more familiar with the soccer ball through various youth soccer drills that maximize the number of touches on the soccer ball during the first stage of training.
Boys are encouraged to show up earlier to training and have the time to do whatever they want before the set time for the start of my training sessions.
All of my soccer training sessions begin with soccer ball control drills to maximize touches on the soccer ball and get the players more and more familiar with the soccer ball.
I like mixing up young soccer players from different age groups to motivate the younger players in competing and working hard alongside older players while older players train hard to sustain and keep developing their skills to stay ahead.
This is a great soccer exercise where the boys constantly move and touch the soccer ball for 90 seconds.
I encourage players to use creativity and have fun with their toy (soccer ball).
Limiting touches to one-foot causes players to think and control the ball at the same time.
We spend 8 – 10 min of active soccer drills to get the maximum number of touches with the soccer ball.
Water breaks are very important when training at high intensity, but have to be short and quick – 20 seconds to a minute.
Counting down works wonders for young players to hurry and get back to training.
Boys keep working on their skills with the soccer ball with more soccer drills aimed to improve ball control, coordination and getting more familiar with the soccer ball.
Younger beginner soccer players find it more difficult to perform the drills I ask in training sometimes due to lack of overall coordination. This is normal and I will always make the youth soccer drills for them easier or encourage them to slow down and get comfortable with the soccer ball and work at their own pace.
Boys move on with more youth soccer drills to get more familiar with the soccer ball.
These soccer training drills are still timed at 90 sec to help the kids maximize the touches on the soccer ball and transition into soccer training drills for developing their mobility, agility, speed and coordination.
2 - 4 REPETITIONS
Boys progress in my soccer training session with more movement, jumping, changing direction and introduction of the soccer ball into the mix to train their skills with the soccer ball as they finish and dribble trough the cones.
3 - 4 REPETITIONS EACH SIDE
As a Coach I always look for ways to teach my players the hard work ethic and encourage them to train with the intensity that they want to play in.
I always stop any youth soccer drill and demonstrate myself how I want the soccer drill to be done myself.
In this soccer drill main focus as demonstrated in my YouTube video is on explosive speed out of the hurdles and quick footwork through the cones.
Boys are constantly encouraged to dribble the soccer ball with concentration on short, controlled touches with the soccer ball.
Training session is slowly brought to an end as the boys finish up with some more youth soccer drills using explosive runs with short cuts around the cones and finish with a shot on goal.
3 - 4 REPETITIONS
I set the cones up in a small rectangle and line up soccer balls a little further away from the goal to add a level of difficulty when shooting on goal.
3 - 4 REPETITIONS
I get in goal and players take me 1 on 1 using their skills and wits to score on me in goal.
5 to 10 MINUTES
My camera cut off and didn't record the game at the end of training. Players get a short 5 - 10 minute Game of World Cup with Coach in goal.
I always reward the players following my training plan with a fun soccer game at the end of practice.
Soccer game is a great way to motivate players to work hard through the soccer drills I set up because every time they start wasting time I make them aware that they are wasting their Game Time and they snap right back to training :)