Soccer Drills to do at Home by Yourself

Soccer Drills to do at Home by Yourself

Soccer Drills to do at Home by Yourself

 Soccer Drills to do at Home by Yourself - Ohio Fitness Garage

No matter how young your child is or if you are playing, yourself, you might find that there’s a certain excitement and drive to be a better player that reaches far beyond team practice. If you have the motivation to take your practice home with you but not sure where to start—and you don't have an extremely large backyard space—it is possible to train at home!


These three drills are not only for you as a training adult, it is also for your aspiring soccer kiddo at home! These drills are great because there’s no kicking involved that can potentially break something in the house and won’t necessarily bother the neighbors.


Here is my top three at-home drills:


  1. Weaving Dribbling

All you need for this drill is two “cones” (could be anything—dolls, pens, etc) and a ball. Set the two markers with about a foot or two in between, depending on you or your child’s level (you might need up to five yards). For a minute long, weave in and out of the cones, circling back around at the ends to form a figure 8. Keep the ball as close to the feet as possible.


Progression: Use both feet or different parts of the feet.


  1. Juggling on the Wall

Juggling is something that improves your or your child’s fine motor skills—also improving footwork and improving your soccer in a general standpoint. This drill uses a wall—so I advise you to do so outside and make sure it’s “allowed”. Starting anywhere from one to three yards away form the wall, start by throwing the ball at the wall and it should come back to you. Control the ball using various parts of your body. If you can—then kick the ball (lightly) back at the wall in the air. If you need to let the ball bounce, you can. This will teach you how quick reaction and a good first touch.


Progression: Eliminate the bounce and increase the number of touches.


  1. Ball Touches

All you need for this drill is ball and nothing within a few feet of you in case you lose your balance. This drill works on your stamina and balance. Place the ball in front of you, and begin with the underside of your toe of your right foot on top of the ball. When you're ready, begin to alternate feet—putting your right foot down and transferring your left foot on top of the ball. Don’t let the ball roll! As you get better, begin to move faster, you should look like you're doing high knees but touching the ball with every step.


Progression: Add movements with the ball and use various parts of your feet.


Whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced player, these are simple drills that you can do at home if you have the motivation to move your feet.


Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.


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