Fun soccer games for kids that make defending enjoyable

In every training session, incorporate some fun soccer games for kids which are competitive and motivate your young team.

Giving defenders a proper structure and the correct tactical approach will make their role as a defender much more rewarding and will save your team lots of goals. The best way to do this is by introducing the theme of defense with competitive, fun team games and soccer training drills.

A good soccer coaching tip is to not tell your players that they are working on a defending drill – some young players will not respond well to that scenario. Instead, encourage them by telling them that they can win the games by using good defending skills.

  • Your players will work extremely hard at defending in order to beat the other player and win points for their team.

  • Remind them of the proper skills and don’t let them commit fouls – it should be fun but not too rough.

Fun defending game for young players in 3 parts with warm up, tackles and cone kicks

Setting up the games

Mark out two 10 x 10 yard areas.

Pick two teams of five players. Number the players 1 to 5. Number 1 from each team must go into the other team’s area.

Game 1 – stop the other team making 20 passes: The team of four pass one ball around the area. The defender must continuously try to stop them completing passes. The first team to complete 20 passes is the winner.

Game 2 – tackle all four attackers: Each of the attackers dribbles around the area with a ball. The defender must tackle or dispossess them quicker than the defender in the other area.

Game 3 – knock all four balls off the cones: the attackers must each defend a ball balanced on a cone by using good ballshielding skills. The defender must knock the four balls off the cone quicker than the other defender.

The team is awarded one point for each game they win.

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