Drills for Youth Soccer Tryouts

Youth soccer tryouts should offer an opportunity to display both individual skill and team skill. Use drills that allow the youngsters to work on their own and with others to find the players most suitable for your team. As the tryout progresses, put your more talented players together to see how well they work as a team and evaluate the rest of the group separately for final cuts.

Cat and Mouse

Set up a square grid with two players inside. Each player has a ball and starts from opposite corners of the grid. One player starts as the "cat" and tries to tag the "mouse" while dribbling the ball. If the player is tagged, re-start at opposite corners. Justsoccerdrills.com recommends playing for one minute before switching roles.

1 v 1, 50/50 to Goal

This drill looks at individual skill and shooting. Form two lines at either side of the goalpost. Place two cones even with each line at the top of the goal box. Start the drill by blowing a whistle and roll a soccer ball to the middle of the box. One player from each line sprints around their cone and tries to gain possession of the ball for a shot, according to the online site SoccerXpert. Play to 10 goals or set a time limit.


Set up two square grids opposite each other. Start two teams passing and moving around the grid. Assign numbers to each team member and call one number at a time. The player runs to the opposite grid once her number is called and tries to steal the opposing team's ball. Justsoccerdrills.com recommends awarding one point for a steal and an additional three points if the player dribbles or passes the ball back to their own grid.

World Cup

Use teams of two or individual teams. Start with one ball and punt it in the air. The players try to gain possession and score on one goal with a goalkeeper defending. Once a player or team scores, they sit out for the rest of the round. The last team not to score is eliminated, and a new round begins.

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