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Soccer training – Warm-Up - 14 Catching And Moving Games


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Goal shot - Curve

The animation shows you a very effective drill for practising goal shot training. After every shot at the goal, the players change sides. This means that the shooting leg is changed after each repetition of the drill.


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Catching and Moving Games – Page 2

The next seven catching and moving games to bring a lot of fun to children’s soccer. Coordination, competition and lots of variation: that is how warming up in children’s training should be.


08. Building Site


What you will need:

One ball per group.

How to play:

On this building site stones are transported as a team. Create groups of at least five children. The children in each group stand in a row closely together one behind the other. The first child in the group has the ball. The winner is the group, who completes the requested action first.

a. The children in each group stand with their legs apart. The first child behinds over and rolls the ball backwards through their own legs. At the end on the row the child takes the ball and runs to the front. Here the action begins again. Which group manages to do this all the way through five timesfirst?

b. The same as a., but the ball is passed on with stretched arms over the head.

c. The same as a. and b., but the ball is passed on, on the left hand (right hand) side of the group.

d. The same as a., b. and c., but the ballbut the ball is passed on in a zigzag through the group.


09. Treasure Stealing


What you will need:

One ball.

How to play:

: A king kneels on one side of the playing area with their head on their knees and sleeps. In front of the king lies the treasure (the ball). On the other side of the field the robbers watch. They have to be very careful, as the king is woken up by noise and then will lift up his head. All of the robbers have to then freeze where they are. Whoever then moves is sent back to the starting point. Which child will steal the treasure from the king?


10. Cowboys and Indians


What you will need:

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How to play:

Create two groups. The Indians run slowly round in the inner circle, the Cowboys run outside this circle in the opposite direction. On the coach’s command the Indians try to catch the cowboys. The Cowboys run towards the side lines. If an Indian touches a Cowboy before they reach the side lines then the Indian gets a point. After the game has been played once through the rolls are switched. Which group wins the most points?


11. Fireball


What you will need:

One ball.

How to play:

The children space themselves out in a circle around one child, who holds the ball in their hands. This child throws one of the children the ball and runs away as fast as they can. The other children also run away quickly. As soon as the ball has been caught the catcher shouts “stop” and all of the children have to stop. Then the catcher is allowed to take four steps and then try and throw the ball at a child. If the catcher does not hit the child then they are out. If the catcher does hit the child, then the child who has been hit is out.


12. Peg Stealing


What you will need:

Enough clothes-pegs.

How to play:

Mark out a playing field. Each child gets four clothes-pegs, which they attach to their clothes. On the coach’s command the children try and steal each other’s clothes-pegs. Which child steals the most clothes-pegs within the set time limit? Varieties: The children hold the clothes-pegs in their hands and try and clip them onto the other children. Which child has, after the set time limit, the least pegs on their clothes?


13. Off to the dog house


What you will need:

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How to play:

Some of the children (the dog houses) stand with their legs apart in the centre circle. The other children (the dogs) run around the circle. Note that you will need one more dog than dog houses otherwise the drill will not work. On command the dog run into their dog houses (on all fours between the legs of a dog house). Whoever does not get a dog house stays a dog. The other children swap roles.


14. Ball Emergency


What you will need:

One ball less than the total number of children.

How to play:

The children group themselves around a zone (the centre circle). In the middle of this zone lie the balls. The coach tells a story or shouts soccer terms at random. If the word “ball” comes up in the story, or the coach shouts the word ‘ball,’ then the children run and try to get a ball. As there is one less ball in the middle than there are children, one child will be left empty handed. This child is knocked out and another ball is taken out of the game. At the end there will be one winner left in play.

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