Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds

Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds

Age-specific games to develop young players' skills

Introduce a range of basic soccer skills to younger players who have developed some awareness of the game. The 25 soccer coaching games focus on teamwork, creativity and having fun. Coaching Manual (A5 PDF).


Coaching Manual (PDF)

Age: 8-11


Skill level: Beginner
No. of pages: 32

Full Description

No child is going to come to your sessions week after week if they are not having fun. So, how do you overcome this? The answer is simple, play games.

What Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds can do for your players

  • Teach basic soccer skills
  • Let them have fun
  • Engage them
  • Educate
  • Promote teamwork
  • Fire their creativity
  • Keep them coming back

Let's look at each of these:

Teach basic soccer skills

Games are the best way to teach a range of basic soccer skills. In Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds I have covered all of the basic skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, heading and even goalkeeping.

Let them have fun

Above all else, children want to have fun. That's why the soccer authorities in the UK and United States back the idea of teaching soccer through games.

Games are fun, which is why we continue to play them well into adulthood. Top soccer matches are still games, they've just developed a more competitive, and commercial, edge.

Engage them

How do you get a child to buy into your games? Make them engaging.

The games in Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds are based on things that every child can relate to, they use policemen and pizzas, meteors and mazes, and a whole host of other ideas as inspiration. 


Games can educate your players beyond the learning of basic soccer skills. My games are based on simple sets of rules and educate players in simple ideas such as right and wrong. They are introduced in a fun environment and with achievable, desirable objectives.

Introduce Teamwork

Young children can be selfish, they're not always keen to share their toys and they strive to achieve objectives independently.

But by the age of 9 children are becoming aware of the benefits of teamwork and this needs to be developed by the coach.

Fun Soccer Games for 9 to 11 Year Olds introduces teamwork in a variety of ways.

  • Working independently.
  • Working in pairs.
  • Working as a group.


Fire their creativity

I've used these games over and over again and I know that they work. However, I'm never afraid to make changes, to the rules, to the playing area, or even to the premise of the game.

If your children would rather be fighter pilots than astronauts, go for it. Based around a simple set of rules the children can put whatever spin they like on each game. If they want to be medieval jousters, that's not a problem.

You can even let them change the rules. It's a case of how would they like to play the game as much as how should they play the game.

Keep them coming back

If children play a game and enjoy it, you can be sure they'll want to keep on playing – ever played peek-a-boo with a baby? Ever seen a baby get bored of it? Your children are going to latch on to these games and want to play them over and over again.

At a young age you don't need to introduce endless variety. Ask the children what game they want to play and off you go. They'll be back week after week. There's a big difference between consistent fun and monotony.


The Games

Shapes - use the shapes to understand space.

Pizza Party - add the pizza toppings and try to deliver it.

Boot Camp - everyone's got a chance to win this shooting competition.

Skill Relays - great entertainment and competitive fun.

Soccer Nuts - master the weight and direction of passes.

Gladiators - keep Caesar happy in this gladiatorial challenge.

Secret Weapon - discover their secret weapon before it's too late.

Powerball - five balls, five pots. Who will score the most?

Throw-in Frenzy - throw-ins, throw-ins throw-ins in this fast paced game.

New Scotland Yard - clear the security gates and avoid the police to score.

The Swamp - dodge the alligators to get through the swamp for a chance to score.

Head Up - head it out, not in, to win this twist on head tennis.

Chippy - kids love chips, but can they make them?

Mazy Runs - make a mazy run and get a cross in to score.

No Escape - a 1v1 battle to stop the attackers escaping.

Crossfire - a quickfire game that's all about crossing.

Find the Keeper - avoid the opposition keeper, then find yours with a long ball.

The Alamo - don't let it get captured.

Interceptors - win possession to win the game.

Reactor - react to changing possession and different objectives to win.

Sound of Silence - use your eyes because you can't speak in this one.

Buddy Hollys - an octagon, four goals and lots of volleys.

Top Gun - support your top gun or they'll be shot down.

Switch On - change the direction of play to hit the open boxes.

Meteors - there's a simple tactic to win this game. How long will your players take to work it out?

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