Remember, playing soccer with this age group does not require soccer skills. All you need is a positive attitude, a willingness to be silly, and of course a little patience. The goal for this age group is to introduce them to the basic concepts of soccer (dribbling, kicking, running, scoring goals), help them improve their social skills and most importantly have fun!
Before you start playing make sure the little ones, have a size 3 soccer ball, cleats/athletic shoes, shin guards and a water bottle.
Now for the fun part!
Step One: Meet and Greet/Warm-ups- Introduce yourself to the players, talk about soccer a little bit. Warm up by doing stretches, such as jumping jacks, arms, legs, running in place.
Step Two: Demonstrate how to kick the ball and what art of the foot to use (laces not toes)
Step Three: Kicking the ball- you can have the players line up in front of each other and practice kicking the ball to each other.
Step Four: Teach the players how to dribble the ball- Then you can have kids dribble from end of the field to the other, using the red light, green light method.
Step Five: You want to teach the players how to trap the ball, this way they will be able to properly stop the ball if it comes in front of them.
Step Six: Scoring the goal- Teach the players how to score a goal
Step Seven: Protect the goal- Here you want to teach the players how to protect the goal to prevent any balls from going in
That’s it, you have officially taught a toddler the fundamentals of the basic soccer moves, now comes the fun part, let loose and play a game of soccer, letting them incorporate all the new things they learned.