One of the best ways to spend a sunny day is to practice soccer outside, but what if it’s freezing? Raining? Snowing? It’s still important to work on your skills, even if you can’t go outside. Here are five drills you can do inside no matter what the weather looks like.
Work on taking a clean first touch to shield the ball from a defender with this drill. All you need is a ball and a wall. Stand back about 10-15 feet from the wall, and set up a small obstacle (a shoe, cone, etc.) in the middle of your playing area about 8 feet from the wall. Stand to one side of the obstacle and pass the ball off the wall so it bounces back to you. When you receive the ball, take your first touch around the obstacle toward the other side of the wall, but keep it close enough to your body that you maintain control. With your second touch, pass the ball back off the wall and repeat.
This drill will improve your foot speed and agility on the ball. Set up four cones in a small square shape. As the name of this drill suggests, you want to try to take a small, quick touch with every step you take while staying in the box, using every part of your foot (outside, inside, sole). The key to this drill is to challenge yourself to go as fast as you can without losing the ball, and most importantly to be creative with your touches. Do this drill for as many sets of 30 seconds as you like.
It might seem easy, but this drill is more challenging than it looks. Simply stand in front of the ball with the sole of the front of one of your feet on top of the ball, and switch feet as fast as you can as if you were climbing stairs. Work on keeping the ball in the same place in front of you, and go for sets of one minute at a time to improve your stamina and balance.
If you’re a goalkeeper, this is a good way to practice your foot speed along with your ability to get down quickly. Set up an agility ladder parallel from a backstop or a wall. Move through the ladder as fast as you can at a 2 feet in, 2 feet out pattern. When you finish the ladder, throw the ball against the backstop or wall at an angle so that it will come back low and at diving distance away from you. Dive to save the ball and try to keep it held against your body so those strikers won’t have any rebounds to pounce on.
This move was one of the signature dribbles of Diego Maradona, one of soccer’s all-time greatest players. All you need to practice it is a ball and a little bit of space to practice this very effective move. The move involves three touches. With your first, use the sole of your foot to roll the ball across your body. With your second, receive and drag the ball with the sole of your other foot as you turn away from the direction in which the ball started. Your third and final touch should stop the ball with the side of your foot. Continue to turn in a circle as you do this — start slow, but work on getting faster. An example of this drill starts at the 3:30 mark of the video below.