To truly take your kid’s soccer skills to the next level, training at home is the key. Sure, team practices are vital in improving communication and teamwork, but when working on basic fundamental skills like dribbling or other ball-play, nothing beats working at home.
Our top 3 soccer drills to practice from home are:
1. Figure 8 Dribbling
This simple drill requires two cones and a ball. Set up the cones beside each other with enough space in between to create a figure 8 path. Typically, 4-5 yards apart works best. In 60-second intervals, dribble the ball between the two cones in figure 8. As your player goes, he or she needs to make sure his/her knees are always bent, and he/she is leaning his/her body in the appropriate direction. Your child should keep the ball close and make sure he/she turns are short and quick.
To make things more challenging, your player can mix it up for himself or herself by trying new things such as only using the inside of his/her feet to dribble or the outside. Other challenges can be only using his/her left foot or right foot and work to keep the head up.
2. Wall Juggling
The aim of this drill is to improve reflexes and get better at juggling the ball. Needs to stand between 1 and 3 yards away from the wall your kid plans to use, making sure he/she is allowed to use the wall first and begin to practice juggling and throws to improve his/her skills and reflexes.
The more your player does this drill, the better he/she will get, so there is really no time limit on how long he/she should practice. As your child uses the wall to bounce the ball back and forth, make things more difficult for himself or herself by using thigh, chest and different parts of the feet. Keeping a good balance and staying on his/her toes will help keep the ball in the air for longer while teaching your child the proper weight and touch to use to maintain constant control over the ball.
3. Stair SteppingThis drill is designed to improve stamina and balance. It involves putting the ball in front of your kid and jumping on and off the ball without allowing it to roll backward. This is one of those drills that sounds easy, and looks easy, but is actually quite hard to master.
With your kid’s kicking foot on the ball, jump and place the other foot on the ball while removing the kicking foot. The key to this drill to work quickly and work on his/her stamina while also challenging balance and control.
By taking some drills home with your kid, he/she can work on his/her individual skills and stamina. Improving himself/herself as an individual player will help the team in the long run.
Author: Alam Song