Get Out of Here



Great game to work on all aspects of the game. Can be played 1v1,2v2, or 3v3. Can be used to focus on offense, defense ,techniques, tactics. Even though there are lines, game moves really quick.


Setup: Two lines of 3-5 players behind two cones. Coach in the middle with lots of soccer balls.


When the coach yells "go", the first players in each line sprints around the corner cones and around the goals and tries to be the first player into the playing area.

The coach serves the ball to the first player into the playing area.

From there, they just play a 1v1 small sided soccer game.

If a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds, the coach yells "get out of here". The two players then have to sprint off the field coming off by the coach so that they dont collide with the next two players.

The coach yells "go" and the next two players go.


Shielding, Inside/outside hook, Pull back turn

Skills:   shielding, inside/outside hook, pull back turn

Tag game - Playing area 15 x 15 square

1  or 2 players are "It".  Players spread out, coach says go, tagged player takes a knee.  Time how long it takes for "Its" to tag everyone.  Game should not last more than a minute.  Winner is new "It".  Challenge: Who can set world record.
  • If game is too difficult make area smaller.  End on a good note.  Everyone does not have to get a turn as "It" on first practice.  Save it for the next practice.
  • Team a slow player with a fast player, success for slow player.  Fastest kids will want to set the record.
  • If a player is having problems tagging kids, yell "coach is in" and join the game.  Don’t let him/her flounder.
Pirate Game



This soccer drill uses a Pugg Goal that can be tweaked to focus on many aspects of the game. For younger players ages 8-11, the primary focus should be on good dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness. The coach can also focus on transition from offense to defense if the ball is lost, or recovering from a tackle and finding safety.

Defensively, this allows defenders to steal the ball from attackers and play to a particular goal or target.


Build a circle approximately the size of the center circle with a Pugg Goal in the middle of the circle. The actual size of the circle will vary depending on the age and skill level of the players. With all players in the playing area, dedicate 9 players with the ball, and 3 players without a ball will be the "Pirates".


Instruct the "Pirates" without the ball to defend the players with the balls. Once the Pirate wins the ball, they attempt to score on the Pugg Goal in the middle of the circle. If the Pirate scores the goal, that player too becomes a Pirate. Play continues until the last player with the ball wins. If the pirates have a hard time getting started, the coach can help the pirates at first.

Coaching Points:

Attacking: keep the ball close with head up so the players are aware of defenders and safety areas (space). If the ball is lost, recover quickly and fight to win it back. 

Defending: Transition quickly from defense to offensive and stay focused once the ball is won, and find the target.

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