Mastering the Art of Soccer: Indoor Drills

Mastering the Art of Soccer: Indoor Drills
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A number of soccer drills are available that can be done indoors. The drills are grouped into two main categories: dribbling drills and

passing drills. The following dribbling drills can be utilized: beehive, king of the hill, attack and protect and shadow dribbling. These passing drills are also recommended for use indoors: two line passing drill, circle passing and give and go.

Dribbling Drills

Bee Hive

The first step in the beehive drill is to mark off a square that allows for one square yard per player. Each player has a ball and starts at a random point inside the square. When the coach blows their whistle, the players begin dribbling the ball around the square suing proper dribbling techniques for both inside and outside foot dribbling. The goal of the drill is to avoid other players and maintain control of the ball within the boundaries of the square. The size of the square can be decreased once the players develop an understanding of the drill. This will increase the difficulty for continued and controlled dribbling.

King of the Hill

This dribbling drill is also performed in a 20 yard square (assuming 20 players). Each player in this drill has a ball except for the one player who is “it”. At the sound of the coach’s whistle, the players begin dribbling their balls around the square while the player who is “it” tries to kick everybody’s balls out of the grid. There are several variations of this drill. One option is that once a ball has been kicked from the grid that player must sit out for the remainder of the drill. A second option is that once a player loses their ball they join the side of the “it” player and attempt to knock balls from the remaining players in the square.

Shadow Dribbling

This is a good drill for teaching players to keep their heads up while engaging in controlled dribbling. In this drill, the teams are divided into pairs and each player is given a ball. One player from each pair will begin as the leader while the other is the follower. The leader begins dribbling the ball while the follower follows the leader also dribbling the ball. The leaders are encouraged to change the direction, pace and technique frequently. After a few minutes, the players switch positions and repeat the exercise.

Passing Drills

Two Line Passing Drill

In the two line passing drill, two cones are placed approximately ten yards apart from each other. The leader should then have half of the team line up between one cone and half the team line up behind the other cone. The two lines should be facing each other since they will pass a ball back and forth during the drill. The drill begins with the first player in one line passing the ball to the first player in the other line. After the first player passes the ball to the other line, he follows his pass and sprints to the end of the other line. The next player should do the same thing that the first player did. The key to this drill is that the players need to focus on passing the ball crisply, firmly and accurately. The other key point is that players need to sprint as fast as they can to other line after they pass the ball.

Attacking and Defense

Attack and Protect

Attacking while protecting the ball is a major indoor soccer drill players are meant to go through. As all coaches know, there is no point having the ball in an attacking position only to lose it to the opponent and put the defense and entire team in a difficult situation. Players are taught during indoor soccer drills to hold the ball by all means when in an attacking position.


Defense line protection is one of the most important skills taught by coaches during drills. Holding the line in the face of opposition is the only way a team can go ahead to win matches. The concept of the ‘back four’ is strongly practiced while undergoing soccer drills.

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