U6 Practice Plan - Deception

Practice Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

This soccer practice session is most appropriate for the U6 and under age levels. As a coach you can use these drills to teach players about how to use body parts to deceive their opponents. The outine for the practice is as follows:

  • 20 x 10 2 vs. 2 Small Sided Game (10 minutes)
  • Hospital Tag (15 minutes)
  • Crocs in the River (15 minutes)
  • 31 x 20 4 vs. 4 scrimmage (15 minutes)

End of Practice Discussion

  • What are some body parts that we can use to deceive an opponent with? (eyes, legs, shoulders, hips).
  • Why would it be important to deceive an opponent? (to make them think you are going one way, when you actually want to go the other).
  • Why would this be important? (because getting the opponent off-balance makes them easier to get by!)

Have a team cheer, and see everyone on game day!

20 x 10 2 vs. 2 - Small Sided Soccer Game

20 x 10 2 vs. 2 - Small Sided Soccer Game for U8


  • Make two fields at 20x10 yards. Place 2 yd goals on each endline
  • Players play 2v2 on field
  • If goal go out at sideline, throw-in or kick-in to get ball back in play (coach choice)
  • After goal is scored, play is restarted with a goalkick

Coaching Points

  • None. Let the players play and make mistakes. Only intervene if it is taking too long to get ball back in play.

Hospital Tag - U6 Soccer Activity

Hospital Tag - U6 Soccer Activity


  • Everyone is it without balls. All balls are outside the grid.
  • Inside the grid, you try and tag other people. If you tag them, they must hold the body part that got tagged and yell “ouch!”
  • If they get tagged a 2nd time by someone else, they must hold that body part as well (so now holding two body parts).
  • If they get tagged a 3rd time, they must run to a ball on the outside of the grid and get a ball (the hospital), pass the ball between their feet 4 times and then they can reenter the game will no more injuries.


  • After a few rounds, every player now must dribble a ball while tagging people. If they get tagged three times, they must do 6 toe-taps with their ball to get better.

Coaching Points

  • Encourage players to be thinking about how they can tag people without getting tagged themselves. What can they do with their bodies to “duke” people out?

Crocs in the River - U6 Soccer Activity

Crocs in the River - U6 Soccer Dribbling Activity


  • In your grid, all players have a ball and are on one end. The coach(es) stand(s) in the middle.
  • When the coach says ‘go,’ all players (the swimmers) try to dribble from one end of the grid to the other without getting their ball stolen by the coach (the crocodile).
  • If a player gets their ball stolen, they must perform a special activity for the croc to spit them out (ex: touching the top of the ball with the bottom of their feet alternating eight times, or passing the ball between their feet eight times). Players cannot become a croc with the coach - we want them to keep dribbling their soccer ball! Be goofy! Make lots of silly noises!

Coaching Points

  • Ask players to think about the length of their touches, and how they can use the different parts of their feet to manipulate the direction of the ball. When do we use big touches, and when should they be smaller?
  • Show players how to deceive the crocs be leaning one way and then dribbling the other. What body parts can we use to deceive someone? (hips, eyes, shoulders, legs). Ask them to be creative!

31 x 20 4 vs. 4 Scrimmage

31 x 20 4 vs. 4 Scrimmage - Soccer small sided game


  • Remove the endzones in the previous game, and add two 3 yard goals on each end (field is now 31x20yds)
  • Let players play 4v4, coach decides how restarts happen, depending on local rules

Coaching Points:

  • None! Just let them play! However, get excited when you see a player try a try a dribbling move, or attempts to get a defender off balance.
  • Always highlight positives you see, but don’t stop play and don’t correct their decision making. This is their time to play how they want!