...for Kids 10 & under
Determine a small area that is going to be your “treasure chest.” About 20-50 feet away put approximately 5 treasures on the ground (i.e. t-shirts, toys, cones). Have your child start at the “treasure chest.” When you say “Go,” your child should dribble her soccer ball to the treasures, pick up one treasure at a time and return it to the “Chest.” Continue until all treasures are in the chest. Time her so she can try to go faster each time she plays the game.
Monkey in the Middle
You need to have at least 3 people for this game to work well. Players form a circle or a triangle and pass one ball amongst them selves. Another player is the “monkey” and starts in the middle. The “monkey” tries to steal the ball. Once the ball has been stolen you rotate who plays the monkey.
Catch the Monster
Determine an area where you are going to play the game. The grownup “Monster” walks, jogs and runs around the area. The “Monster” should make sharp turns and change her speed which will challenge the child to speed up and change direction while dribbling.
Determine a starting line and a finish line about 20 feet apart. The child should begin at the starting line with a ball. The parent should start in the middle in the crab walking position (on their hands and feet, butt up off the ground). The child’s goal is to dribble from the starting line to the finish line without the crab stealing her ball.
Everyone who is playing the game dribbles a ball within a designated game area. As you are dribbling and protecting your own ball, you need to try to kick someone else’s ball out of the area. If your ball is kicked out of the area then you are out of the game until the next round starts. The last person left in the area with a ball is the winner.
Set up about 6-10 feet apart. Pass the ball back and forth between the parent and the child. Each time you receive the ball you should trap it and then pass it. Time yourself for 30 seconds and see how many good passes you can make. Try to make more good passes every time you attempt the 30 seconds.
TIP: Dribbling the soccer ball
1) use the inside of your feet to go straight and the outside of your feet to turn
2) keep your head up so you can see your teammates and the defenders
3) don't kick the ball too far in front of you, that makes it easier for your defender to steal