5 Essential Football Drills Every Kid Should Know

November 10, 2023
5 Essential Football Drills Every Kid Should Know

Football, also known as soccer in some parts of the world, is a beautiful game that captivates the hearts of millions of fans around the globe. For young players aspiring to become the next Messi, Ronaldo, or Rapinoe, mastering the fundamentals is crucial. Regular training combined with real life matches and competitions are the steps that build up a successful football player.

In today’s blog post we'll focus on five essential football drills that every kid should know. These practices will help develop their skills, as well as to build confidence and endurance.


1. Dribbling Drills

Dribbling is one of the most fundamental skills in football. It's the art of controlling and moving the ball while avoiding defenders. Dribbling drills help kids develop close ball control, balance, and agility. A few dribbling practices include:

●       Cone Dribbling: Set up cones in a straight line or zigzag pattern and have kids dribble the ball through them.

●       1v1 Dribbling: Create one-on-one situations where kids take turns trying to dribble past each other.

●   Dribbling Square: Set up a square with cones, and have kids dribble the ball around the square, improving their change of direction.


2. Passing and Receiving Drills

Passing and receiving the ball accurately is another crucial skill in football. Children learn how to send and control passes effectively. Some passing and receiving exercises include:

●       Passing to a Partner: Kids pass the ball back and forth to each other, focusing on accuracy and pace.

●       Wall Passes: Utilising a wall as a training partner, kids pass the ball against the wall and receive it, thus improving their passing and receiving skills.

●       Triangle Passing: Set up three cones in a triangle and have kids pass the ball around the triangle, learning how to pass and receive from different angles.

3. Shooting Drills

Scoring goals is the ultimate goal in football. Shooting drills help children develop their accuracy and power, so that they can feel that unique adrenaline rush when they score the final and determinant goal on their next match. Some shooting drills to consider are:

●       Target Practice: Set up targets (e.g., cones) in the goal, and have kids try to hit them with their shots.

●       One-on-One with the Keeper: Create situations where kids can take shots against a goalkeeper to simulate real-game scenarios.

●     Shooting Under Pressure: Practice shooting under pressure from defenders to help kids make split-second decisions.

4. 1v1 Drills

Football often involves one-on-one duels between players. Teaching children how to excel in these situations is very important. Some 1v1 practices include:

●       1v1 Attacker vs. Defender: Create scenarios where one player tries to dribble past another, simulating game situations.

●       1v1 Small-Sided Games: Organise small-sided games where kids have to compete in one-on-one situations, emphasising creativity and decision-making.


5. Defending and Tackling Drills

Defending is an essential part of football, and children should learn the basics of tackling and defensive positioning. Some defending and tackling drills are:

●    Tackling Technique: Teaching kids the proper technique for tackling and having them practice it in a controlled environment.

●    Defensive Positioning: Helping kids understand the importance of positioning and tracking their opponents on the field.


Football is a sport that demands skill, teamwork, and discipline. To help children on their journey to becoming proficient football players, it's essential to focus on these five fundamental drills: dribbling, passing and receiving, shooting, 1v1, and defending. These practices will not only improve players’ skills but will also instill in them a passion for the game. Practice and dedication are key, and with the right foundation, young players can one day achieve their football dreams.

At British Football School we work with boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Our regular trainings are currently running at four locations in Bucharest: Pescariu Sports & Spa, Oxford Gardens, Greenfield and Mark Twain International School & Studentesc Park. We train in a British English speaking environment, thus enhancing both sport and language skills.

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