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Youth Soccer Drills for Fun Soccer Practice
How to Achieve the Most in Your Soccer Practice Time
Motivating Soccer Players
Youth Soccer Drills that Teach Players How to Play Soccer
Youth Soccer Drills that Make Soccer Practice Fun and Teach Players How to Play Soccer. Our youth soccer drills are games that:
Be sure to give your players "tips" at the end of each of the youth soccer drills about how they can improve (there are instructions about how to do this on Premium and at Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race TM).
Motivating Players to Attend Practice, Listen to the Coach, Be Brave, and Hustle. Our iron-On soccer patches can be used to Motivate Players to attend practice, listen to the Coach, be Brave (be aggressive) and hustle.
Train Your Players to Be Able to Play in Chaotic Conditions. The Dribble Across a Square TM and Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race TM youth soccer drills involve "chaos" which is good, because real soccer matches are chaotic. These games use controlled repetition and controlled chaos to train players to react instinctively, without thinking.
A big challenge for most coaches is a lack of time. Youth soccer drills that allow you to achieve the most in your limited time: Given equal athletes and equal practice time, the coach who can teach the most during the practice will develop better players faster. This is why efficient, effective practices are important and why a high ball ratio that produces lots of touches for every player is better than a low ball ratio, scrimmaging or line drills. Most of our youth soccer drills have a 50% to 100% ball ratio. A 50% ball ratio allows 5 times more touches than a 10% ratio, and a 100% ratio is 10 times more than 10%. Our youth soccer drills are designed to allow players to repetitively practice skills in a Game Realistic way - meaning fast while under pressure. The result is that players learn to perform soccer skills instinctively at a fast speed while under pressure and in Game Realistic conditions.
Another challenge is "How to keep Soccer Practice interesting?" When I started coaching youth soccer I thought I should use a lot of different youth soccer drills (one reason was because I didn't know what was really important). Even after I started using Practice Games I thought it was good to play a lot of different youth soccer drills. The problem with that approach is that is that some youth soccer drills are definitely better than others because they are more efficient and more effective. If you can use the most efficient and effective youth soccer drills your players will improve faster. Another problem with playing a lot of different youth soccer drills is that setting up a lot of different games can be time consuming. A third problem is that you aren't getting the repetition needed to develop Motor Memory Skills.
Keep it Interesting by Mixing Up Your Favorite Youth Soccer Drills with Games that Practice Important Skills. For example, instead of doing Dribble Across a Square TM every time, you can substitute Across and Back Ball Tag, which is essentially Dribble Across a Square with a few defenders. It practices almost the same skills, but it's a change of pace, so it keeps the interest level high.
A good example of Motor Memory Training by repetition is the "SoccerHelp Foot Skills and Soccer Moves Training Program (Motor Memory Training and Aerobic Workout) DVD". Watch Video Clips of SoccerHelp Foot Skills and Soccer Moves Training Program (Motor Memory Training and Aerobic Workout) DVD
2 Youth Soccer Drills that are good examples of "controlled repetition" that can be monitored by the Coach: Dribble Across a Square TM and Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race TM
Youth Soccer Drills that Teach Critical Soccer Skills
Youth Soccer Drills for Fun Soccer Practice
Youth Soccer Drills that Teach Soccer Moves
Coaching Youth Soccer Drills
- Keep players active.
- Minimize lines and maximize activity.
- Have a high ratio of balls per player (50% or more in most cases), so soccer players learn 2 or 3 times faster than normal youth soccer drills where players stand in line waiting their turn.
- Use competition and keep score to create pressure and force players to practice at Game Speed, which trains soccer players to play fast and under pressure.
- They are more fun than normal youth soccer drills because players stay involved and active.
- Are good conditioning.
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