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                                                            Soccer Drills For U8
                                                                  By Niv Orlian

   A soccer coach is just like a school teacher, but instead of working with theoretical information, his
goal is getting his pupils to apply what he's trying to get to them. Working with kids has a lot of
advantages and it really gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see those little guys' eyes
shining when you throw them a ball and tell them to perform a fun exercise.

But at the same time, it can be extremely frustrating trying to get through with soccer drills for kids,
mainly because kids have less understanding and concentration capabilities as a grown up, or a
teenager (kids to make up for these shortcomings with their enthusiasm, energy and ability to learn

So if you're here looking for some soccer drills for u8s, the first thing you should know is that anything
that you do, absolutely must be "fun". What your kids understand by fun might differ from team to team,
so it will be your job to see what they like doing.

You can't try and explain soccer drills for young kids as you would for grown-ups. You can't just tell
them to give you 5 laps of the pitch, without a certain motivation in fun. Otherwise, you risk the
youngsters losing interesting in training and quitting soccer.

When you ask a grown-up for 5 laps, you can tell him that it's for his endurance, conditioning and so
forth. Telling that to a kid will go in through one ear and leave through the other. So try to make
everything seem like a game.

If you need them to run 5 laps, invent some sort of fun drill game, or just give them a reward
afterwards, giving them a soccer drill that involves kicking the ball (it doesn't matter if it's a half-field
match, some short passes or some 5 versus 2 groups, as long as your soccer drill involves the ball, the
kids will love it).

Another big issue you'll be concerned with in your soccer drills for U8 is not taking the fun away from
the exercises. If you set up two teams and throw a ball in the middle and ask them to play soccer, the
kids will all rush to it and chaotically kick it around. There will be no defenders, attackers or what not,
it's just a bunch of kids having fun.

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Obviously, that's not ok with you, because you want to infuse some sense of organization and tactics in
them, even from such an early age. But if you just bluntly tell some of them to stay at the back, or not
dribble, you'll just take the fun away from them. What you need to do is, again, work around a
reward-system that can help them understand why you want them to sit there and there, or not do this
and that.

The rewards don't have to be anything material. Even congratulating your guys when they manage to
listen to your requests is enough of a reward for them. You'll soon see them trying harder and
respecting your requests not because you forced them, but because they're striving for that "Good Job"
congratulation coming from you.

Niv Orlian is the author and the owner of, a website that provides
information on various topics related to soccer. Try out 100's of animated soccer drills here:

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                                      Soccer Drills - Which Are the Best Ones to Use?
                                                                  By Nigel Reed

Soccer Drills are the basis of the technical and tactical development of players, whether you are
coaching youth soccer players, or adult soccer players of either gender. Generally soccer drills fall into
the following categories.

1. Technical Drills
2. Tactical Drills
3. Fitness Drills

 This article will focus on technical soccer drills, and how to identify which ones are the best ones for
you to use in your training sessions.

 Technical soccer drills focus on ensuring players use the correct technique and the correct skill to use
at a particular point in a game. For instance if the ball is crossed into the box and a forward has a
scoring opportunity, the forward must decide:

1. Where to place the ball (eg low in the left corner of the goal or top right hand corner etc)

2. What power is needed to get the ball there (how far out from goal are they)

3. What is the best technique to accomplish that?

 To cover all possibilities, the forward must be able to head the ball, trap the ball with their chest, thigh
or foot or any part of their body, volley the ball, curve the ball around a defender etc etc. The list of
technical skills doesn't end there, but these and other technical skills need to be developed and
nurtured through the careful selection of soccer drills that are performed at training. In this way, your
players are well equipped to handle nearly every situation as though it was second nature.

 Rather that give you a list of prepared soccer drills for you to use, I am going to suggest that you think
about the following and then decide for yourself. This is along the lines of give a man a fish and he eats
for a day, but give a man a fishing rod, he can catch fish and it it everyday. So I would suggest that you
think about the following before you incorporate any soccer drill.

The drill must :-

1. be suited to the age and capability of the players involved
2. incorporate as many players as possible
3. be made progressive so that it is practiced under
3. 1 No Pressure to get the right technique
3. 2 Token Pressure
3. 3 Full Game pressure

The soccer drill be suited to the age and capability of the players involved

This may seem obvious, but there is little point in trying to get an 8 year old player in their first year of

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soccer to bend the ball like Beckham. Also, there are some drills, like heading the ball, that are only
suited for physically mature players.

The soccer drill be incorporate as many players as possible

 This is a must, as there is little point in having queues of players waiting their turn to do something. A
classic example of this, that I use is shooting practice. I always have at least two lines that take it in
turns, and involve players such that as many players are involved in one shot as many. This can be
simply having a number of players that play a one-two with the shooter as the shooter progresses up
the line, and then every one moves up a place.

The soccer drill be progressive

 Again this is vital so that the technique becomes second nature under match pressure. How do make
a drill progressively harder? Thre are a number of ways for you to think about.

 1. Have races introduces time pressures
 2. Have a competition between players
 3. Introduce passive defenders to try and put off a player with a ball
 4. Reduce the space that the players have to work with, reduce the number of touches that a player
can have etc etc.

 There are many ways to increase the pressure of a drill, and I have highlighted a few here. The main
point is that the player must be able to have the composure to perform the skill with correct technique
under full match conditions, so uou will need to be able to modify the drill so that this pressure is

 I have given you the knowledge on how to evaluate the effectiveness of any soccer drill, and the kinds
of things that you can do to modify a drill to make them effective. Hopefully you are empowered to
make these choices and decisions so that identifying a drill that will work and will improve your players
becomes easier, particularly given the thousands of soccer drills available.

Nigel Reed has been involved in soccer during the 60's, 70's and 80's as a player and has been
coaching youth soccer in Australia since 2000. Nigels main soccer webite has detailed information on
youth soccer formations, so visit

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