Special Needs Soccer Curriculum – Practice Plan Two – Drills & Activities

—Create Name Tags For New Players, Check that each player has: Shin-guards, a ball and plenty of water.
—Early arrivals can take shots on a Pugg goal from a predetermined spot, one at a time, or dribble around the perimeter of field.
»Volunteers: One Goalie, One shot organizer.
—Start Session: Bring everyone together in a Large Circle
—Coach Introduction, Volunteer Introduction, Player Introduction
—Player dribbles the ball trying to follow a Volunteer or another player around a predetermined area based on group side. Volunteer moderates speed based on player skill and geography to keep plenty of space between other pairs. After a few minutes, reverse roles and have Volunteer try and catch Player dribbling the ball.
Advanced: Volunteer can teach Player a 1v1 move. Child tries to “beat” Volunteer (create distance) using move during pursuit.
—Water Break
—Create two parallel lines of cones 20 yards apart. Position every Player equidistant on one line facing the other set of cones without their ball. Adjust width of cones to ensure each player has plenty of space. Coach yells “Green light!” (Run), “Yellow light!” (walk) or “Red Light!” (Stop) as the Players attempt to get to opposite line. If a player doesn’t Stop they have to take five steps back (not strict & only enforced when blatant infractions occur). Go back and forth once and then…
—Introduce Ball. Every Player now has to dribble a ball with same rules. When Coach yells “Stop” Players have to stop ball and place the sole of their foot on top. Go several rounds until the the first sign of fatigue.
—Water Break
—Use the same cone setup as Red Light / Green Light above. Every Player on a line with a ball (Mice). Players have to dribble to the other side without the Cats (initially a couple of Coaches / Volunteers) in the middle (between the cones) trying to poke the ball out of the coned area. If a Mouse’s ball gets kicked out of the playing area, the Player becomes a Cat and joins the other Cats for the next round. Go several rounds until the the first sign of fatigue.
—Water Break
—Use the same cone setup as Red Light / Green Light above, except add a set of cones for each Player to dribble around. Players line up behind their set of cones with a ball. Make sure the cones are widely spaced along the starting line, so players have plenty of room. When the Coach yells “Go!” players dribble around cones and back to start in a “Figure 8″ pattern. Reset and go several rounds until the the first sign of fatigue.
—Water Break
—Match equally skilled players together and play 3v3 / 5v5 games with Pugg goals, no goalies.
—Small sides ensure plenty of touches
—Volunteers assist players in need

Download the complete Special Needs Soccer Practice Plan Two in the Adobe PDF format.