Off Season? No Problem! 3 Ways to Practice Soccer Skills in the Winter

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In the United States, soccer is often only played during the warm months. Unfortunately, that means during the winter months kids are left longing for their summer soccer course. However, that doesn’t mean they have to stop playing. There are plenty of indoor soccer activities to help youth players continue to practice and develop the skills they learned in their summer soccer course. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at a few ways kids can continue to learn soccer skills even in the winter.

Wall Ball
Most soccer players have easy access to a nearby gymnasium or recreational center. Luckily, this means young players can continue practicing their beloved sport inside, away from the cold. A great practice method to work on in a gym is wall ball. This is done by playing the ball off the wall, controlling it with a touch, and playing it off the wall again. This is a great way to practice with the weaker foot too! This can be done against almost any wall, even at home (as long as mom and dad say it’s okay). With practice, young players will be able to excel at their footwork by the time their summer soccer course starts again.

Juggling
Being able to juggle is a valuable skill for all soccer players. Not only does it develop a soft touch, but it also builds muscle memory for important moves. This is also a great way to strengthen the weaker foot by trying to use it more often than the stronger foot. In doing this, the difference between the strong foot and the weak foot will be significantly minimized.

Soccer Tennis
This is a great game to bring a couple of soccer players together to continue practicing the skills they began to develop at their soccer camps. It can be done by forming a net with a few chairs and marking off a rectangular court to play on. The objective of the game is to score points without letting the ball bounce twice on one side of the court. Any part of the body, aside from hands, can be used to keep the ball off the ground.

Every year, over 11 million adults and kids attend camps, including sports and summer camps. With some practice and a bit of creativity, youth soccer players can continue playing their beloved sport all winter and be ready for camp come summer.