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We’ve all done it, especially the more experienced teachers out there! We have a set lesson that we have delivered for the last decade which works well and meets the needs of the pupils… but could we make it even better?

Here are 5 fun football drills that could be incorporated easily into your football Scheme of Work.

1. Robbers – dribbling practice

Robbers dribbling practice football drill diagram

  • Each team runs to the middle and dribbles a ball back to their team box.
  • Only one team member can enter the box at a time (no additional defenders) and take one ball from the centre.
  • They high 5 their team mate who can then go and get a ball.
  • Once all of the balls from the centre have gone, they can steal from others. Run the game for 2 minutes and the winning team is the team with the highest number of balls.

2. Make a tackle – tackling practice

Make a tackle tackling practice football drill diagram

  • Split your class into teams of four players. Each line up on either side of the penalty area arc, about 20 yards from the goal.
  • Play begins with an attacker dribbling the ball into the area while a defender runs to cover him in a 1v1. The attacker tries to score while the defender attempts to prevent a goal by making a tackle or block.
  • After the attack, the attacker becomes the defender against the next player in line. Defenders join the back of the other queue and the practice continues.
  • This practice can be adapted by having two attackers and two defenders with both attackers required to touch the ball before a shot at goal is attempted.

3. Dribble Chase – dribbling practice

dribble chase dribbling practice football drill diagram

  • On the teacher’s whistle, the players on offence start dribbling inside the playing area trying to dribble through as many gates as possible for the decided period of time.
  • While the offensive players dribble, the defenders are trying to steal, or prevent, the ball from being dribbled through a gate. If the defenders win or deflect the ball from the offensive player, the ball is given immediately back to the offensive player and play is resumed.
  • Attackers need to count how many gates they successfully pass through within a minute and the pupils swap roles.
  • This game can easily be differentiated by increasing the size and number of gates and, for the less experienced footballers, defenders are only allowed to walk.

4. Head attack – heading practice

head attacking heading practice football drill diagram

  • Players start in zone one. To advance to zone two pupils must toss the soccer balls to themselves and head them into another pupil. If they hit another player they advance to the next zone.
  • If they successfully head into a player in zone two they advance to zone three and so on.
  • Once they’ve reached zone three, they go back in the other direction. The first player to get to zone three and back is the winner. (They must also hit someone in zone one at the end to finish).
  • This game can be adapted for the more able by them being sent back a zone if they are hit by another pupil’s football.

5. End Zone – passing practice

End zone passing practice football drill diagram

  • 30m x20m pitch including 5m end zones.
  • 3 versus 3 in the middle and each team has a target player that stays in the end zone.
  • After a few passes (vary the number accordingly) in the middle, players pass to the target player in the end zone to score a point.
  • Differentiate by increasing or decreasing the number of players involved in the game or increasing/decreasing the size of the playing area.

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