Category Archives: Fun

Juggling / Skill Contest

UNC Women’s Soccer Twitter feed posted this. Probably a bit above the skill level of my players, but a fun thing to try, perhaps.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

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Attacking Overload Handball


  • an interesting variation on handball
  • I think I like the no restrictions on offense, zones on defense rule
  • I do like, though, the application of zones to handball

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Four Goal Chaos


If you have one (or two) big goals (I’m assuming I won’t have four big goals), you could restrict the shooting, i.e. after two small-goal-shots, you have to shoot at the big goal with a goalie.





Anatomy Dribble – Soccer Coach Weekly

Not sure if I feel this is too campy but the girls might think it’s fun. We’ll see.


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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Dribbling, Fun, Warm Up


Keep Away Game

[from Soccer Coach Weekly]

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Fun Goal Free-for-All (SCCC 2016, DiCicco)

  • Two full sized goals 30-40 yards apart
  • Server on the side at midfield
  • Three field players in middle
  • Goalie in each goal
  • Server serves ball;  whoever gets it attacks either goal while other two defend 
  • Once shot is taken, another serve comes in
  • Moves very quickly and seems fun, though a limited number of players are involved; would have to rotate three in the middle frequently; TD just suggested splitting the groups so one does this while the other half plays keep away elsewhere

Soccer Golf [mine]

I generally use this as a fun way to finish the season (last practice) or to get the team working together early in the season. What I like about it is that it is infinitely variable to focus on whatever skill the coach wants.

The Basics

  • Create a ‘tee box’ with four cones; play must start from here.
  • Place a ‘hole’ some distance from the tee box: I generally use a pointed cone or a stack of disc cones; the ball must tap the cone to ‘go in the hole’.
  • Players can work individually but I find teams work better.
  • Players can kick in any order but no one can kick again until everyone has kicked.

Progressions / Variations

  • My game often becomes as much croquet-like as golf-like. This year, one hole involved students having to hit a ball placed in the opposite direction before they could play to the hole. You can institute gates, channels, or any obstacle that elicits the skill you want to focus on. My first hole was behind the goal (with the tee box maybe 50 yards away at an angle) and I specified that teams¬†had to go around the net in a specific direction.
  • For the first time this year, my final hole was elevated: I put the disc-cone-tower on the top row of a low set of bleachers. I took away strokes if players¬†knocked any cones over / off and awarded bonus strokes if they could seat the ball in the disc cone (none did; wasn’t sure if that was even possible…).
  • To make ‘getting it in the hole’ more difficult, mandate that the ball must rest against the cone (rather than just touch it) to be ‘in the hole’.
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in (Team) Bonding, Fun, Long Balls, Passing