Teach Kids the Fundamentals of Soccer
Does your son or daughter want learn about soccer? Are you a new soccer coach and want to make sure that your teaching kids the fundamentals? This is great! Thank for stopping by to take time to read this article. Here at My Soccer Clinic our main goal (no pun intended) is to not only showcase the benefits of playing soccer but to also provide information that will teach kids the fundamentals of soccer.
There have been numerous studies showing the benefits of playing soccer at a young age. Soccer is a physically demanding sport regardless of what age group you play. It also teaches teamwork, discipline and mental fortitude. In this article we will discuss 3 easy to practice drills that will teach some of the basic fundamentals of soccer.
3 easy fundamentals you can practice basically anywhere as long as you have a ball are:
Kids Soccer Fundamentals #1: Learning to Dribble
As you know, the object of soccer is to try and take the ball from one area of the soccer pitch and try and score into the opponents goal. Since you cannot pick up the ball with your hands, unless you are a goalie, you must use your feet to dribble the ball from one are to another.
One easy dribbling technique is to simply start on one end of a field and start lightly walking while also gently tapping/kicking the ball as you walk. You want to try and keep the ball within arms length at all times.
As you kids get used to the initial speed, challenge them to pick up the pace. You can further challenge them by adding obstacles they need to go through or around. Dribbling is an important fundamental to learn, the more control you have over the ball while dribbling the easier it will be to pass or shoot.
Kids Soccer Fundamentals #2: Learning to Pass the Ball
Nothing moves the ball around the soccer pitch faster than passing. No, not even dribbling is as effective. Remember, this is a team sport, you want your teammates to be engaged and the only way to do that is to learn how to pass properly.
One of the easiest passing drills you can do is to set up two soccer cones about 3 feet apart. Stand about 10 feet away and aim to pass the ball through the cones. Use the inside of your foot, not the point. The inside of your foot offers more control when passing. As your kids get accustomed you can change the difficulty by making the gap in between the cones smaller and the distance from where they pass longer.
You can set up players on opposite ends of each other and have them pass the ball through the cone gap back and forth. Another passing drill that incorporates dribbling is to have two players start on one end. They then proceed to pass the ball back and forth as they move up the field until they reach the end of it. This drill teaches, passing, dribbling and ball control.
Kids Soccer Fundamentals #3: Learning to Shoot
They say, if you cannot shoot, you cannot score. So, the only thing to do is practice how to shoot. Even if you are not a striker and play defense or goalie, learning to shoot is imperative if you are going to play soccer. There will be occasions when the defender or the goalie (yes even the goalie) get into scoring positions. Having the ability to shoot in your locker will make you a better all around soccer player.
An easy drill for practicing shooting requires only a soccer ball and a wall. Set up targets on the wall and just practice hitting those targets. As you start to hit them with more regularity, change positions, alternate feet and even increase the distance.
When shooting you want to plant your weak foot, or non shooting foot, in the direction you are aiming. That way, when your shooting foot follows through the ball will go in the direction you are aiming. Use the instep of your foot. Do not use the point of your foot as you do not want to get injured.
These are 3 easy drills you can follow to help teach kids the fundamentals of soccer. They can be practices virtually anywhere and they really make a difference when you start to master the basics. All professional players have gone through this in their lifetime and without mastering these 3 basic skills, they would probably not be where they are today. It’s going to take a lot of effort, time and dedication. In the end, it always pays off.
If you seek more information on kids soccer, check out AYSO. They are one of the leaders in youth soccer here in America.