Games & Drills

Games and drills for coaches/teachers using SpotOn football


Warm up games

1. Fast cars

  • Played in a grid 20x20
  • For this game every child should have a ball
  • Children move around inside the square with hands on the hands on the ball
  • Using the ball as a “steering wheel”
  • Coach/teacher stands outside grid with red,green and orange cones
  • The children must react to whichever cone the coach is holding up ie. Red=stop green=go and orange=slow down
  • This game encourages children to run with their head up


Key points for coach/teacher:

  • A 20x20 grid is ideal for 12 to 20 children grid size should be reduced or increased if working with smaller/larger groups

  • Encourage children to change direction often ie. Don’t run in a circle around grid

  • If you don’t have a ball for each child. Children can move in twos  ie. car and trailer


2. Flush the toilet

  • This game is played in a 20x20 grid
  • This game is a variation on the traditional game of “stuck in the mud”
  • 3 children have foot balls with their hands on hands on the ball. These are the taggers
  • Taggers tag children by touching them on the back with the ball.
  • Once tagged a child must stand with their arm outstretched
  • To be freed another child must push down their arm ie flush the toilet
  • This is a great game for developing evasion techniques speed and agility


Key points for coach/teacher:

  • change taggers regularly. Change number of taggers up or down if required
  • No throwing the balls by taggers
  • Taggers should carry the ball with hands on the hand motifs at all times
  • This encourages development of both sides of the body
  • All children stay inside grid


Games for improving technique

1. Teams of three

  • One ball between 3 players
  • Kickpass the ball around the triangle
  • 3 completed passes = 1 point for your team


Key points to note for coach/teacher:

  • No throwing ball up to kick it. The ball must be dropped from the hands
  • Face in direction of receiver
  • Toe pointing at the ground green kickline hits laces
  • This game is a great introduction to teamplay
  • This game can be used in the same way for handpassing just move cones closer together
  • Allow teams to encourage each other and add up their scores

2. Handpass to partner

  • Place cones 3m apart and divide group into pairs
  • Each player inturn handpasses the ball to their partner
  • This drill is performed in a stationary position as the focus is firmly on developing the handpassing technique

3. Over The River

  • Place 2 lines of cones 8-10 metres apart
  • Two teams one on each side of the “river”
  • Using the correct technique the players kick the ball to the other team
  • Across the river. 
  • This is a great game for developing both kicking and catching technique
  • And a great introduction to teamplay

4. Knock the pole

  • players in pairs 1om apart
  • a pole is placed in the middle
  • the object of the game is using the correct kicking technique to try and hit the pole with the ball
  • the first pair to hit the pole 5 times are the winners


Key notes for coach/teacher:

  • observe that all children are using the correct technique
  • This game helps to introduce children to an element of competition