4 Exciting Soccer Drills For U10 Kids

As your kid grows older the drills become easy to perform and sometimes become boring. It is time to step up the challenge with these soccer drills for U10.

Age: 8 – 10 Years Old

One thing you will be aware of is that there is no new “magic” drill for soccer.

You will only find variations of the original drills but this time it will be a bit more challenging.

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Requirements For The Drills

  • More than 1 size 3 or 4 soccer balls – so that the training is fluid and not occasionally interrupted
  • At least 8 cones, the pointed or the disc type is okay
  • A portable or mini goal
  • Plastic water bottles filled with water or sand can act as cones and goal markers

Coaching Points

  • Always keep your eyes on the ball
  • Look at the target before striking the ball
  • Performing the correct technique is more important than speed
  • When kicking accuracy is more important than power
  • Start slow
  • Increase more touches on the ball during training
  • Use the correct kicking technique
  • Do not use your toe for kicking
  • Dribble with both feet
  • Alternate kicking from left to the right foot

Without further ado, let us dive right in.


1. Quick Finishing

This drill helps develop your kid’s goal-scoring skills, essentially for strikers and winger positions.

When in a goal-scoring range your kid needs to be aware of the surroundings – situational awareness.

By looking around your kid can see other teammates, where the defenders are, and the direction to the goal.

This is important because your kid will make decisions in a split second based on that information.

The cone in the middle can be treated as a defender.

Your kid must understand that scoring a goal is not a walk in the park.

There are defenders who will defend their goal and the goalkeeper to beat.

Working through the defenders and scoring requires good dribbling and kicking accuracy skills.

Soccer Drills For U10 - Quick finishing drill

Field Preparation:

  • Use the diagram above as a guide to help you set up.
  • Mark an area 6 x 6 yards with 4 cones to indicate the playing area.
  • Place the portable goal slightly on the left of the goal line.
  • Place a cone 5 yards from the goal line but not directly in front of the portable goal.

How To Do The Drill:

  • Stand behind the goal line (next to the mini-goal)
  • Dribble the ball to the cone using both left and right feet
  • Go around the cone.
  • Strike the ball into the goal to score
  • Your kid runs back to the starting point
  • Repeat


  • Increase the tempo of the drill
  • Switch around the setup so that the portable goal is on the right side and the starting point is on the left.
  • Place a cone in the goal to act as the goalkeeper. If the ball hits the goalkeeper then it is not a score.
  • Add 2 cones between the starting point and the center cone to encourage cone weaving.
Soccer Drills For U10 - Quick finishing - cone in goal


2. Corner Kick Drill ~ Taking The Kick

The corner kick is a goal-scoring chance, therefore, it is important that your kid either knows how to kick a corner kick or receive one to score.

Delivering a corner kick to your teammate varies depending on the set piece.

But one thing is clear, the kicker must be accurate in delivering the to the spot intended.

If the ball is kicked too hard or too soft it may miss your target and be taken away by the defenders.

A good kicking skill will place the ball accurately for your kid’s teammate to score.

Soccer Drills For U10 - Corner kick - Taking the kick

Field Preparation:

  • Use the diagram above as a guide
  • Set up a playing area. You can increase or decrease the playing area
  • Place 4 cones on each corner of the square to indicate the play area
  • The portable goal is placed next to the cone on the top left corner
  • Place 3 cones in front of the goal to act as a defender
  • Mark 3 positions (pink circles) you can stand on to wait for the ball

How To Do The Drill:

  • Your kid will be the kicker standing at the right top corner of the square.
  • You can act as the teammate waiting to receive the corner kick
  • You stand behind the cones but in a clear path so the ball can reach you without hitting the cones
  • Instruct your kid to kick the ball to you so you can score it in the goal
  • The ball should reach you without having to run around to receive it
  • Repeat


  • Reposition yourself after a few kicks so that your kid can adjust his or her kicking angle.
  • Try various kicking methods:
    • Push kick
    • Instep kick
    • Outside kick
  • Try low kick, straight kick, and high kick by striking different parts of the ball.
  • Reposition the corner kick from the top right corner to the left.

Related: How To Kick A Soccer Ball + Beginner’s Drills & Bonus Tips 


3. Corner Kick Drill ~ Receiving The Kick

This drill focus on receiving the corner kick and scoring a goal.

Similar setup to Drill 2 but you and your kid will swap roles.

Receiving a pass or kick is an important soccer skill to develop because, without it, your kid will be dispossessed of the ball.

Not all ball deliveries will come straight to your kid’s feet.

So he or she must be prepared to move around the pink area (see diagram below) to recover the ball.

Therefore, your kid must maintain a cool head and be able to receive the ball and score a goal.

Soccer Drills For U10 - corner kick - receiving the ball

Field Preparation:

  • Use the diagram above as a guide
  • As a guide, the size of the play area is 5 X 5 yards BUT you can change it to suit your situation
  • There is no need to mark the pink area

How To Do The Drill:

  • Similar setup to Drill 2 but you and your kid will swap roles.
  • You will stand at the corner (Starting point) to kick the ball to your kid
  • Your kid will receive the ball and strike it in the goal to score
  • Your kid’s playing area is marked in pink in the diagram above


  • Reposition your kid around the goal mouth so that he or she is familiar with receiving the ball from any angle
  • Encourage your kid to try various kicking methods:
    • Push kick
    • Instep kick
    • Outside kick
  • Try low kick, straight kick, and high kick by striking different parts of the ball.
  • Instead of kicking, you can toss the ball so that it bounces to your kid.
  • Your kid can kick the ball without stopping
  • Your kid can stop the ball and look at the target before kicking it
  • Switch the starting point from right to left to encourage the use of both feet for kicking


4. Penalty Kicking

This is a simple and fun drill but the most feared kick in my books.

Penalty kicks are not always awarded in every game but they are common.

When the opportunity presents itself your kid must be prepared.

Even though it looks very easy, many top professional players in the world still failed to score – even Lionel Messi.

Of the 90 penalties he took (as of February 2019), 4 were off target, 16 were saved by the keeper, and 2 hit the post.

Taking a penalty kick requires tough mental fitness and perfect kicking accuracy.

Get your kid to practice it now and he or she will not regret it.

A soccer ball placed on a cone

Field Preparation:

  • Set up the mini goal
  • Mark the penalty spot 5 yards (or less) in front of the mini goal

How To Do The Drill:

  • Instruct your kid to place the ball on the penalty spot
  • Mentally choose a spot or target in the goal – in a real game you don’t want to tell the goalie where you will kick!
  • Take a step back
  • Strike the ball in the goal


  • Place a cone or two in the mini goal to act as a goalkeeper
  • Place a cone in the mini-goal as the target to hit
  • You can increase the distance from 5 to 6 yards to encourage kicking accuracy
  • Practice with left and right feet
  • Try various kicking methods:
    • Push kick
    • Instep kick

Tips For Taking A Penalty Kick:

Instruct your kid with the following tips:

  • Put more emphasis on accuracy and power later
  • Decide on the target/spot and stick to it.
  • Push kick and Instep kick are more accurate
  • Try variations of kicks to find out which works best
  • Select at least 2 spots or targets your kid always hit but bear in mind there will be a goalkeeper
  • With the combination of kicks and targets, you will determine 2 penalty kicks your kid should practice at all times.


These drills put more emphasis on playing at the front of your opponent’s goal where your kid can take a corner kick, or receive a pass in the penalty area.

Therefore it is important for players taking forward positions such as the striker, winger, and midfielder to practice these drills.

You can include a lot of variations to these drills to make them more challenging.

Happy training and be safe!

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