Youth Soccer Training – Run with the ball
Watch a video on youth soccer training to improve the skill of running with the ball: See an interactive, 3D animated drill on training youth soccer players on running with the ball: There is also a printable coaches chalkboard session, all designed to assist a soccer coach with developing the skills required to improve running with the ball.
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Soccer Training for Youth Players – Run with the ball
One of the great sights in the game is to see a player running quickly with the ball at the opposition defence. This skill can create havoc with well organised defending as it breaks up their organisation by forcing defenders to confront the player running with the ball, this then creates space and holes in the defence.
Youth soccer coaches should encourage their players to understand that if the receiving player quickly advances the ball into more dangerous attacking areas by running with the ball then this can create real attacking opportunities. In addition, youth soccer coaches should also try to get their players to realise that by being positive and running with the ball the player can break the defending lines of the opposition and effectively take them out of the play by having the ball goal side of them, or by running with the ball attract opposition players to them and thus create space for other players to exploit.
For example, coaches can create scenarios in youth soccer training sessions when a fullback runs with the ball and breaks the line of the opposition defending forwards. Another scenario is to encourage mid field players to run with the ball and break the defending line of the opposition midfield and to coach a forward to run with the ball to break the line of the opposition defence and maybe make a dangerous pass, cross or shoot.
By training youth soccer players to understand when and how to run with the ball and how to break these defensive lines of the opposition can often result in an opponent from the next defensive line being forced to confront the player running with the ball. This then creates an overload situation which can be exploited. For example, if a fullback runs with the ball and breaks the defensive line of the opposition forwards, then an opposition midfield player will have to move out of position to confront the player with the ball. This then creates an overload situation in midfield which can be exploited.
Training youth soccer players to improve running with the ball
This youth soccer training video will help you coach, understand and structure a youth soccer training session to improve running with the ball.
See animated drill
Taken from our members' area of Run with the ball, this is an interactive, 3D animated youth soccer training drill on developing the skills needed to effectively run with the ball. It is called "Escape the defender"
Coaches chalkboard session
All members have access to our planning and design software called "Coaches Chalkboard". Click on to access a youth soccer training session on running with the ball you can print out and take to training