KickStart Curriculum

Ages 3-5

KickStart Curriculum – Ages 3-5

All games should 4-8 minutes in length with 1-2 minute water breaks at the end. Feel free to jump back to an earlier game you’ve used if something isn’t working.

 

Training 1

Activities:

Toe Taps and Tick Tocks – Have the players warm-up doing simple ball tricks. Toe taps: you must alternate touching the top of the ball with the bottom of your toes. Coaching point is to try and have your foot leave the ground as the other one leaves the ball. Tick Tocks: knock the ball back and forth on the insides of your feet. Do these for about 20-30 seconds then have them dribble around as fast as they can for 20-30 seconds and come back to it.

Freeze Tag – Two players are the taggers and can only tag players on the back. Everyone else moves around the field with no ball. Players may unfreeze each other by crawling through a frozen player’s legs.  After a few games add balls back in. Now players must dribble their soccer ball through the frozen player’s legs to unfreeze them. Create other unfreezing variations if you would like. Make sure you rotate taggers. Each round should last 40-60 seconds.

Musical Soccer Balls – Have the kids start around the edge of the field. Put all the soccer balls in the middle minus one or two of them. On your command the players must run in and try to get a ball then dribble around the field and keep it. The player(s) without a ball must try and steal the ball. Rounds should last 30 seconds.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

 

Training 2

Activities:

NASCAR Racing – Each child has a ball and is driving their car (soccer ball) around the field. Coach will give them driving commands such as turn, stop, speed up, slow down, reverse, etc. Coaching tip: have the kids work on different types of turns when turning and stopping the ball with the sole of their foot. Variation: Add in the “pit stop” when players crash into one another. In order to fix their ball they must perform an activity such as toe taps or tick tocks.

Body Part Dribbling – Players are dribbling the ball in their field and coach will yell out a body part at which point all the kids must stop the ball as fast as they can with that body part. Coaching tip: change up how quickly you call out the body parts. Get the kids to work on stopping and starting dribbling as quickly as they can.

1v1 Challenge – Have the players split into 2 teams and line up on either side of the coach. The coach will have all the soccer balls and will toss one out on the field and the first player from each line runs out and plays 1v1 to goals.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

Training 3

Activities:

Everyone’s It – All players move about the field and try to tag one another on the back only. Coaching tip: Have them figure out ways to not get tagged on the back such as turning or doing a move to get away. Variation: Introduce all players dribbling the soccer ball and trying to tag each other. Keep track of how many times you tag someone.

Shooting – Have the team practice shooting the soccer ball into the goal. Be creative in how you would like them to accomplish this.

Ball Retrieval – The players will bring you their soccer ball and you’ll toss it somewhere on the field and the player must quickly retrieve the ball and bring it back to you. Coaching Variation: change the way in which you allow the players to bring the ball back to you such as elbows only, knees, head, one leg/one arm, bottom of feet, etc.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

 

Training 4

Activities:

Freeze Tag – Two players are the taggers and can only tag players on the back. Everyone else moves around the field with no ball. Players may unfreeze each other by crawling through a frozen player’s legs.  After a few games add balls back in. Now players must dribble their soccer ball through the frozen player’s legs to unfreeze them. Create other unfreezing variations if you would like. Make sure you rotate taggers. Each round should last 40-60 seconds.

Musical Soccer Balls – Have the kids start around the edge of the field. Put all the soccer balls in the middle minus one or two of them. On your command the players must run in and try to get a ball then dribble around the field and keep it. The player(s) without a ball must try and steal the ball. Rounds should last 30 seconds.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

 

Training 5

Activities:

Hit The Coach – Players will dribble their soccer ball and try to hit the coach with the ball only using their feet. If hit the coach 3 times you win! Coaching tip: change up your speed to make it harder or easier for the kids depending on their level.

NASCAR Racing – Each child has a ball and is driving their car (soccer ball) around the field. Coach will give them driving commands such as turn, stop, speed up, slow down, reverse, etc. Coaching tip: have the kids work on different types of turns when turning and stopping the ball with the sole of their foot. Variation: Add in the “pit stop” when players crash into one another. In order to fix their ball they must perform an activity such as toe taps or tick tocks.

Paint the Square – Using their paintbrush (soccer ball) each player must try and cover their field in paint. They only have 30 seconds to get this done. Variation: add in rules for how they can move their paintbrush i.e. head only, soles of feet, outsides of feet, etc.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

 

Training 6

Activities:

Hit The Deck – Players dribble their soccer ball around the field and coach yells “hit the deck”. Players must then fall down and get back and dribble as quickly as they can. Encourage them to keep the ball close as they dribble so their ball doesn’t roll away as the fall down.

Body Part Dribbling – Players are dribbling the ball in their field and coach will yell out a body part at which point all the kids must stop the ball as fast as they can with that body part. Coaching tip: change up how quickly you call out the body parts. Get the kids to work on stopping and starting dribbling as quickly as they can.

1v1 Challenge – Have the players split into 2 teams and line up on either side of the coach. The coach will have all the soccer balls and will toss one out on the field and the first player from each line runs out and plays 1v1 to goals.

Scrimmage – Scrimmage should be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4. Game can last 15-20 minutes with one or two water breaks.

Training 7

Activities:

Everyone’s It – All players move about the field and try to tag one another on the back only. Coaching tip: Have them figure out ways to not get tagged on the back such as turning or doing a move to get away. Variation: Introduce all players dribbling the soccer ball and trying to tag each other. Keep track of how many times you tag someone.

Ball Retrieval – The players will bring you their soccer ball and you’ll toss it somewhere on the field and the player must quickly retrieve the ball and bring it back to you. Coaching Variation: change the way in which you allow the players to bring the ball back to you such as elbows only, knees, head, one leg/one arm, bottom of feet, etc.

Scrimmage – Play games for longer this evening since it is our last night!