Down and Offs
Down and Offs is a beneficial drill for primary students as they begin to learn the game of soccer. Developing strong leg muscles is crucial to becoming a successful soccer player. Instruct the kids to stand on one leg and raise the other leg up so it is bent at the knee. The knee should be raised as high as possible. Next instruct the children to drive the knee downward explosively toward the ground. The moment their foot hits the ground, the leg should pop back-up again to the original high knee starting position. This drill focuses on keeping the foot barely on the ground while sprinting forward. This drill should be performed for 15 to 30 seconds before you instruct the kids to switch legs.
One-Legged Hurdle Hops
Place various objects on the ground in some semblance of order. These objects can include small cones, baseball bats, Frisbees or other sporting objects you have lying around. Instruct the children to hop over the objects on one leg moving in one direction. Then when they get to the end of the course you have created, they must switch legs and hop back toward the start. This drill focuses on balance and building strong leg muscles.
Forward and Back
This drill is designed to work on footwork and can be helpful in developing skills for a multitude of sports including soccer, football and basketball. Instruct the students to grab a sporting object and place it in front of them. A hockey puck, Frisbee, hula hoop or jump rope will work. Instruct the students to step over the object and then back while alternating feet. As they move their left and right feet over the object tell them to focus on picking their feet up off the ground only as much as they have to in order to clear the object.
This drill focuses on speed and emphasizes teamwork. Group your kids into four. Place them along a quarter mile track. (Each student will be a quarter of the way along the track.) Give each kid in the first set a baton. At the sound of the whistle the kids with batons run toward the second group of kids. When they reach the second set, they must pass the batons, at which point the kids with batons run toward the third set. This continues, passing the baton along the way, until the fourth set of kids crosses the finish line.