Fun Soccer Games for Kids

When you're introducing young kids to soccer, you want to stick with games that make it fun. That doesn't mean that they won't be learning - in fact many fun games teach fundamental skills that will be useful as kids get older and play on teams.

A relay race is a great way to teach kids to dribble the ball and shoot. Have kids line up in teams.

The first child in each line will dribble up to the goal and shoot.

Then they'll dribble the ball back to the next child in line.

Then the next in line goes. The team that finishes first is the winner.

Simon Says is a game that most kids know. You can be the coach giving directions or if you have older children you can let one of them lead.

The leader calls out instructions such as "Simon says dribble the ball two feet forward" or "Trade balls with someone".

Kids who move when Simon didn't say or who don't move when he does are out. With this game there are limitless directions you can give and kids will have fun learning while they play the game.

Instead of Simon Says you can also play follow the leader.

For this children will line up and the first player in line will dribble while other players follow them.

They have to do whatever that player does such as dribbling at different speeds and moving different directions.

You can also play tag with soccer balls. Instead of the children running, they'll be dribbling the ball. The person who is 'it' will try to tag other children and when someone gets tagged they become 'it'.

This helps to practice dribbling footwork which is so essential for soccer play. But kids will have so much fun they won't realize how much they're really learning.

Red Rover is another game that can be adapted for a soccer drill. With this game you?ll have kids lined up on one side of the field while there are two kids in the middle. The kids in the middle will call, "Red Rover Red Rover let __________ come over!"

Then the child whose name is called will try to dribble across the field without getting their ball taken. If their ball is taken, they're out. If not, they make it to the other side.

You can adapt many childhood games to work with soccer. It's a great idea to let kids also come up with their own fun soccer fitness games.

If you want to introduce your child to a sport that she can enjoy throughout her life, soccer fitness for kids is a great choice.

Getting your child active in a soccer fitness program or similar activity will set him or her up for a lifetime of health practices.

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