U7 soccer drills
This selection of U7 soccer drills will help coaches teach players the fundamentals of soccer. Enjoyment is paramount at a young age and so these drills for goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers are fun and easy to instruct. Click on the headings for detailed soccer drills complete with diagrams.
- Goalkeeper training: positioning tips – Soccer coaching tips and tactics to get your young goalkeeper in the right position to make a save.
- Soccer coaching tips to keep your goalie happy – The position of goalkeeper is always the hardest to fill in any youth soccer team. Use this soccer goalie drill and coaching tips to make sure your keeper is happy in his role.
- Kick off tactics to keep opponents guessing – Kick-offs are particularly important in junior soccer because if you’ve just given away a goal, or you are starting the first or second half of a match, you need your players to take the initiative. Use these kick-off soccer coaching tips and tactics to catch your opponents out.
- Three way soccer drill for goalie and striker skills – Strikers and goalkeepers work well together in threes. This quick, shooting soccer drill keeps your goalkeeper on his toes and helps your strikers find the best place to put their shots to beat the opposition keeper.
- Soccer drill to give wingers the edge – Get your wingers to focus on a quick one-two soccer drill with their midfield team-mates so they can carve a way to goal and leave a few defenders behind on match days. Sometimes this move is better than dribbling.
- Soccer coaching tips for clearing the ball out of danger – There are some situations when your players simply need to kick the ball high and away from danger. The following soccer coaching tips describe the necessary skills and tactics to do this successfully.
- Fun soccer games for kids that make defending enjoyable – In every training session, incorporate some fun soccer games for kids which are competitive and motivate your young team.
- Goal approach game – In this game, the aim is to get your attackers used to running at the goal from different angles. Ask your defender to call out an attacker’s position and they must then get past the defender and attack the goal.
Players must be alert to the call and able to move the ball quickly for a shot at goal.
- Hands on soccer drill for young goalkeepers – Soccer coaching tips and drills to get your goalie saving a goal using their hands, not their feet.
- Muddy pitch warm up drill for goalkeepers – If the pitch is muddy, use this soccer drill to warm-up your goalie’s feet as well as their hands because in these conditions it is the goalkeeper’s footwork that will often be the deciding factor when the ball is played.
- Soccer coaching game for teamwork, strength and balance – Try the fun game called “Chain gang”. Will any of your players be a weak link and break the chain? Find out as you test their ball control skills.