Soccer, bloody soccer
Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:18 AM
At that age dribbling is most important I think, being able to kick it just hard enough to get it where you want it to be, to force your opponent to commit too early or not at all on it. Kids that can do that, even just a little, tend to run rings around the other kids. Kids want to kick it really hard to get it further downfield but usually that plays into the hands of the other team. It's strategy combined with skill so its harder to teach, but drilling on kicking a ball to stop at a specfic place on grass is a good thing to try.
Don't expect too much though, at this age soccer is basically 6 kids in a circle all kicking each other hoping to hit the ball instead.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:04 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:51 PM
Make him an endurance player. Start early. Skills will come with age. Like someone said...simple trapping techniques you can do in your garage when it's nasty out. Chest, inner thigh, etc. Get him to get the ball to his feet from those positions fast and return the pass to you....under control.
Understanding passing the ball where you anticipate the person to be...not where they are makes not only your kid better, but the other kids he plays with because they will instinctively begin going to the open spot when he has the ball. Once he's passed it, your son will then need to learn how to move without the ball. Just like basketball, great players do things without the ball to make the team better. Whether it is screening a defender or getting to an open spot.
Nicer weather you can begin working on shot positioning.