Skills & Drills 

Skills Challenge Overview & Score Tables






Dribbling Exercises:

Passing Exercises:

Shooting Exercises:

Technical & Tactical:

Active Start Training Session U4 & U5

Fundamentals Training Session U6, U7 & U8

Learn to Train Training Session U9, U10, U11 & U12

Soccer for Life Training Session U13 and older

Issue 3
Fun Games to Teach Skill – Spider Tag
U7/U8 Session: Scoring
U10 Session: Feints – Fake Pass
U12 Session: Diving Headers
U14 Session: 2v1 Overlaps
Goalkeepers Sessions: Back Passes

Issue 4
Fun Games to Teach Skill – Hungry, Hungry, Hippo
U7/U8 Session: Kicking Technique
U10 Session: Support Play
U12 Session: Priciples of Attack
U14 Session: Playing with Speed
Goalkeepers Sessions: Low Balls

Issue 5
Fun Games to Teach Skill – Follow the Leader
U8 Session: Control
U10 Session: Possession and Support
U12 Session: Feints – Fake Pass
U14 Session: Finishing Under Pressure
Goalkeepers Session: Breakaways

Simple Soccer


Warm Up

Forward Passing Practice

Point of Attack

Skill Competition

Set plays

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Northumberland Soccer Club

Player skill sets/Game knowledge

The following skill sets are guidelines that coaches can use to aid in practice plans at all levels based on age. Although some players will surpass these, the average player should find these challenging at their age group. They are not limiting. A coach may wish to add to these and or teach higher skill sets to players if he/ she is knowledgeable enough to determine that it is safe and appropriate to do so. Heading for instance is not to be taught below U9.

U6 / U7

Running with the ball under control

Passing/Receiving (using inside of feet)

Stopping the ball (inside & sole of foot)

Turning with the ball (inside of feet)

Shooting (discourage toe punting, pass the ball into the goal)

Allow players to handle ball during warm up exercises and some games (tag etc)

Goal kicks/Ball in and out of play (kick ins only)


Ball control (multiple surfaces)

Turning with Ball (inside & outside of feet)



Sweeper/keeper / Referees

Throw ins


Trapping (foot, thigh, chest)

1v1 / 2v1 / 3v1

Crossing (Intro)

Corner kicks


U10 / U11

Heading (very light, use ball nets)

Reinforce all earlier skills (especially individual ball skills)

Moves that can be accomplished at game speed (shoulder feint etc)


Individual defending



Crossing (inswingers & outswingers)

Free kicks (Intro)

Penalty kicks

U12 / U13

Group defending (2 & 3player)

Chipping (Lofted pass)

Wall pass

Bending the ball

Creating space

Team shape

Shadow play

Dead ball organization

U14 / U15

Reinforce all earlier skills

Team strategies


U16 / U18

All skills


Set plays

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