As a U6 soccer coach, I spend a lot of time teaching the basics. Pee wee soccer is all about teaching the basics and helping kids fall in love with the sport so don’t drill too hard. Here are some of my favorite drills that focus on passing.
When first teaching passing to pee wee players, keep it simple. Pair up the players and position them about 10 to 15 feet apart. I use cones as markers because the kids tend to inch closer and closer as the drill goes along. Demonstrate how to kick slightly harder than dribbling but not so hard it flies past the partner.
To encourage the kids to pass accurately and with control, set up two cones about 3 feet apart halfway between the players. The ball needs to go between the two cones as they pass it back and forth.
Line Passing Drill
This game takes my U6 players a few times to really understand, but once they do they enjoy it. Place two cones about 15 feet apart. Divide the kids into two teams. Each team stands behind a cone. One player starts with the ball. She kicks it to the first person at the other cone. As soon as she kicks the ball, she runs across the playing area and goes to the end of the opposite line.
The first player at the second cone traps the ball that was kicked to her. She then kicks the ball to the new first person at the opposite cone. After kicking the ball, she runs to the end of the opposite line. The kids continue kicking the ball to the opposite cone and then running to the opposite end of that line.
As your pee wee soccer players get used to passing drills, add to the challenge. The players need partners for this drill. Start the pairs of players at one end of the field with the two players in each pair standing about 10 feet apart. The players start running down the field. As they run, they pass the ball to one another. Younger players may need to stop before passing. Encourage them to dribble a few steps before stopping to pass.