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.

Soccer coaching tips


Improve your soccer training skills. Sign up for a FREE weekly email, full of simple proven tips, advice and drills.

"I look forward to every issue because it is concise and filled with great information. In times like this, with very busy schedules, it is invaluable. I highly recommend it."
Victor Gascon, Coach, USA







Please note that Better Soccer Coaching takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party.






Get our FREE weekly coaching tips email






Receive GREAT coaching tips to help you become
a better soccer coach, straight to your inbox!

Please note that Better
Soccer Coaching
takes your privacy very seriously. We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party

Find out more

Recommended:





Proud Corporate Member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America