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Youth Soccer Drills is your indispensable tool for coaching beginning to intermediate soccer players ages 5 to 12. Rely on 100 drills and games to make practices more fun and productive. Through these practice activities, even novice coaches will soon have young players mastering the essentials of spacing, dribbling, passing, shooting, and heading.
Use the comprehensive drill finder to quickly find the perfect drill by skills you want to develop. Sample practice plans for 5- to 6-year-olds, 7- to 8-year-olds, 9- to 10-year-olds, and 11- to 12-year-olds are ready to take straight to the soccer field. Progressions of 4v4, 5v5, 8v8, and 11v11 help young players execute skills and tactics at the appropriate stage.
Youth Soccer Drills will make practice more productive and put the fun back into fundamentals.
Chapter 1: Spatial Concepts and Movement Drills Chapter 2: Dribbling Drills Chapter 3: Passing and Collecting Drills Chapter 4: Heading Drills Chapter 5: Shooting Drills Chapter 6: Game Progressions Chapter 7: Using Drills in Practice
About the Author
For 37 years Jim Garland worked with children ages 5 to 11 as an
elementary physical education teacher. For more than 20 years he
coordinated summer soccer camps and clinics for Motion Concepts Summer
Camps, where he coached teams from beginning to high school levels.
As an undergraduate at Towson University in Maryland, Garland earned
Most Valuable Player and All Conference Awards for two consecutive
years. In 1970 he was selected as Senior Athlete of the Year. He was
inducted into the Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
Garland earned his master’s degree from Morgan State University in
Baltimore in 1978. He earned a National Soccer Coaches license from the
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 1998 and a
doctorate in youth and child studies from Nova Southeastern University
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1999.
Garland has been an Olympic Development Soccer Program assessor for the
state of Maryland and a featured clinician at the local, state, and
national levels. He has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America; Maryland Alliance for Health, Physical Education
and Recreation; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and
Recreation; United States Physical Education Association; and
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
"I highly recommend Jim Garland's collection of activities to any
coach working with U5 to U12.
Jim offers excellent technical training ideas and expands into game
progressions as well as ideas on space and movement. The 100 activities
will challenge coaches and players alike and provide for lots of fun
Ian Barker-- Director of Coaching Education NSCAA
“Youth Soccer Drills provides coaches with a good
resource of small-sided games and activities to develop soccer savvy
players. The emphasis on spatial awareness, decision making and
skillful play is exactly the pathway for the young player. Coach
Garland turns that pathway into a highway.”
Sam Snow-- Coaching Director US Youth Soccer
“Jim Garland has written an excellent book that will assist any youth
coach in their practice sessions. A must for any coach just getting
Pete Caringi-- Men’s head soccer coach, University of Maryland,
Baltimore County, Director of the All-Maryland soccer camps since 1982