Junior soccer training drills help young players to develop the necessary skills which they can then take to the next level. There are many drills that soccer coaches can choose from. Junior players typically need to practice the basic skills of the game such as passing, dribbling, shooting and defending. Here are some training drills you can use with your junior soccer team.

Keep away

Keep away is one of the easiest and most effective drills for teaching players to make quick and smart passes. Coaches set up a small grid with cones, serving as boundaries in which the players stay in. Basically three players are in the grid and there is one defender. The attacking players must pass the ball amongst themselves while the defender attempts to take the ball or break up a pass. The attacking player that loses the ball then trades places with the defender and the game starts again.


The knockout drill is ideal for developing dribbling and shielding skills. The entire team starts with the ball at their feet inside a defined playing area. The coach blows his whistle and the players start dribbling around the field. Players must navigate the area, keeping control of their own ball while trying to poke their teammate’s balls away. Players that lose their balls are eliminated and the last player controlling their ball is the winner. This drill is also helpful with teaching young players to keep their eyes up while dribbling and how to shield the ball.

One on one breakaway

The one on one breakaway develops junior attacking and defending skills. The coach splits the team in two, separating players into one group of attackers and one group of defenders plus a goalie. The defenders will get in line behind the goal with the coach and the attackers will form a single file line at the midfield. The coach rolls or tosses the ball out to the first attacker in line. At this point the first defender in line will run out and play defence. The attacker must control the ball and dribble in one on one against the defender before shooting a goal. Players then retrieve the ball and switch places after the breakaway is over.

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