Passing Drills for Young Soccer Players

Keeping younger kids’ attention can be difficult, especially for a soccer coach or anyone trying to teach kids how to play soccer. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite passing drills specifically crafted for young soccer players aged 4-7. I would regularly use these drills at my soccer practices because they teach kids fundamental offensive skills while also ensuring they have fun on the field.

Duration: The timing of this drill is up to you but I have found that 5 – 10 minutes works best.

Focus: Teach players how to make longer passes.

Set up: Set up three cones about 10 yards apart in the shape of a triangle. Have players line up behind each cone. You can make several triangles if necessary. Each group needs one ball.

Rules: The rules for this drill are very simple. Have players pass each other the ball in whatever sequence they would like. Make sure they trap the ball before passing it to the next player.

Duration: The timing of this drill is up to you but I have found that 5 – 10 minutes works best.

Focus: Teach players how to pass while moving around and stop/trap the ball.

Set Up: This drill works just like the game Monkey in the Middle. Space two players about 10-20 yards apart and put one player, “the monkey,” in the middle. Have the other two players pass the ball back and forth while the monkey tries to intercept the pass. If the monkey successfully intercepts it, they switch with whoever made the pass.

Rules: The rule of this drill work just like the traditional Monkey in the Middle game. Two players pass the ball back and forth while the monkey tries to intercept the pass. If the monkey successfully intercepts it, they switch with whoever made the pass.

Duration: The kids usually really enjoy this one, so I would have it go on for 10-15 minutes and give them a water break in between.

Focus: Teach players how to dribble and pass while running.

Set up: Have players form 2 lines. The first player in each line will be a team, the second player in each line will be a team, etc. You will need one ball per team and something to keep time.

Rules: This game is for time and the fastest team wins. On your command, the first team will run to the opposite end of the field and back. As they run they will pass the ball back and forth. The team that goes the fastest while also maintaining ball control is the winner. This is a game for speed but it is important to emphasize control and accurate passes.

Duration: This drill can go pretty quickly but it is tiring since the kids should be going half to full speed. I would do 3-5 races before giving them a water break if you want to do more than 5 races.

Duration: The timing of this drill is up to you but I have found that 5 – 10 minutes works. That usually gives each player 3 turns.