Bar soccer training drill

Young soccer players will enjoy solving problems, so use the following bar soccer drill to vary your training drill sessions and get them using their soccer brains to work out how to get past the bars of players in their way.

Drill set up

Start off by telling your players to beat the walls without a ball at their feet, then they can try it with the ball. Advance the soccer drill skills by telling the players they can pass their way through the walls.

Use a 30 metre long and 15 metre wide box. Three groups of three or four join together by holding hands and are placed in the area facing the attackers like the bars in bar soccer.

On your signal, the attacking players have to make their way through the area, evading the chains of defenders using their soccer skills. The defending chains can only move sideways - again like bars in bar soccer. They must stay linked, and cannot move forwards or backwards. They try to catch as many attackers as possible.

Develop the drill

  • Change the number of players chained together.

  • Change the starting position of the chains to the side of the area and the end.

  • Rather than the attackers making their way through the area, the object is to stay in the area and evade the chains, moving in any direction.

Put this soccer drill into a game situation

Start with a similar set up as the initial drill, but use only one ball. The attackers can now evade and pass the ball to beat the chains of defenders.

Move onto a game where the defenders are linked in pairs, this will enable the attacking team to be more successful at evading the defence through dribbling and passing skills.

Young players will also learn to recognise a situation where making a pass is the right decision or keeping the ball and using dribbling skills is the correct decision.

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