Soccer Soccer Variants Training Drill

Soccer Variants

Here are the best fun soccer drills for coaching soccer teams. Some will be more appropriate for younger ages but the majority can be used for all ages.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 12+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Communication, Fun

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each team defends one goal
  • each player carries his/her partner piggyback style
  • partners switch roles every 1-2 min.
  • no goalkeepers


  • players all move ‘crab-style’
  • players are paired up and one leg is tied to the other player
  • players pair up as for a wheelbarrow race (‘wheelbarrow’ player handles the ball with their hands)
  • every time a team scores a goal, they are allowed to make a new rule (e.g. all players need to hop on
  • one foot when they are kicking the ball)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • decision making

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