U5-U8: Individual Soccer Home Skills Program

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Welcome to our U5-U8 Individual Soccer Home Skills Program, everyone!  We have partnered with our friends at Tampa Bay United Rowdies to bring you some fun ideas for your kids to continue working on their soccer skills during this period of time at home!

This program has been created to allow players to work at home on their own with little/no equipment needed. We have set the program up with community protection in mind at this difficult time, with the thought of allowing players to work with just a ball and a small piece of grass available to them. For this young age group, parents will need to guide their children through the exercises.

Players should do the same practices twice a week and if you want to be challenged further, browse the Home Skills Program Youtube Channel.

We will update this post each week.  Here’s how the program will work:

  • Practices – Each practice will consist of:
    • Individual Ball mastery exercises – parents should be available to guide players through the exercises
    • Skill of the week – one skill or combination of skills will be the focus for an entire week of practices. Parents can record their child performing the skills in a video and send them in to [email protected]. We will take a look at all submissions each week and pick the best submissions per age group whose videos will be posted on our social media accounts. Remember to include your full name, age and team name!

WEEK OF JUN 15 & JUN 22

Day 1

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. Inside, inside moving forward (foundation move)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Toe taps moving forward – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. 2 skill combo- Cruyff turn, scissor cut- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Skill combo- Cruyff turn, scissors and cut.
    • Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
    • Find this skill on the day one video of your practices for this week!

Day 2

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Left foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. Inside, inside, toe taps (moving forward)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. 2 skill combo: Inside-outside, Cruyff- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. Drag back, Ronaldo chop- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Skill combo- Cruyff turn, scissors and cut.
    • Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
    • Find this skill on the day one video of your practices for this week!

WEEK OF JUNE 1 & JUN 8

Day 1

  • Juggling challenges (12 mins)
  1. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (x 4) (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (x 4) (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  • Individual skills (27 mins)
  1. Drag back and Ronaldo chop- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Two skill combo: Scissor and cut, followed by Ronaldo chop– 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. Two skill combo: Inside, outside, Cruyff, touch – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • Turning Challenge
    • Create two points separated by 10 yards
    • Players will have 1 minute toperform as many turning combinations of the three turns as possible from point to point (pull  back, Cruyff, followed by outside cut turn at the end= 1 point). 2 min rest x 3 sets. Try to beat your score every time!!

Day 2

  • Juggling challenges (18 mins)
  1. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. Inside inside (foundation) moving forward- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Toe taps moving forward- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. V shape opener, Cruyff turn – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • V shape opener, Cruyff turn (Find this skill on the Day Two Video of your practices for this week)


WEEK OF MAY 18 & MAY 25

Day 1

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Roll and lift into ladder juggling (2 mins work, 1 min rest) *1 juggle followed by a bounce, then 2 juggles etc.
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest) *add two more thigh juggles and catch.
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest) *add two more lace juggles and catch.
  • Individual skills (36 mins)
  1. Outside, outside roll (foundation move)- 2.5 mins work, 1.5 min rest x 3 sets
  2. V shape, L shape combination – 2.5 mins work, 1.5 min rest x 3 sets
  3. Turning combo; 360 outside ft turn, 360 inside ft turn- 2.5 mins work, 1.5 min rest x 3 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Outside, outside roll (foundation move) *shown on the Day 1 video for this week

Day 2

  • Juggling challenges (12 mins)
  1. Scissor lift into mini around the world (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  2. Header juggles (2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. Dribbling with body feint and cuts forward- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Dribbling with drag back and flicks forward- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. Dribbling with body feint followed by L shape- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • Challenge of the Day (9 mins)
  1. Turning Challenge- create two points separated by 10 yards. Players will have 1 minute to perform as
    many turning combinations of the three turns as possible from point to point (pull back, Cruyff, followed by
    outside cut turn at the end= 1 point). 2 min rest x 3 sets. Try to beat your score every time!!
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Outside, outside roll (foundation move)


WEEK OF MAY 4 & MAY 11

Day 1

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot, left foot juggling (2 mins work, 1 min rest) *add a bounce when needed.
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling (2 mins work, 1 min rest) * add a bounce when needed.
  3. Right foot, left foot, right thigh, left thigh and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest) * add a bounce when
    needed.
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. U shape (foundation move)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Inside, outside, roll- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Turning Challenge- create two points separated by 10 yards. Players will have 1 minute to perform as
      many Cruyff turns as possible from point to point. 2 min rest x 3 sets. Try to beat your score every time!!
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Two outside double touch foundation move
    • Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
    • Find this skill on the day two video of your practices for this week

Day 2

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot juggling with no bounce (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Left foot juggling with no bounce (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. Inside, outside, step over (foundation)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Two outside double touch foundation move – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Figure 8 Challenge- create three points with each point separated by 3 yards. Players will have 1
      minute to perform as many figure 8’s as possible (A-C-A= 1 point). 2 min rest x 3 sets. Try to beat your
      score every time!!
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Two outside double touch foundation move
    • Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
    • Find this skill on the day two video of your practices for this week


WEEK OF APRIL 20 & APR 27

DAY 1

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (27 mins)
  1. V shape openers- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  2. Tap, tap roll moving forward- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  3. 2 skill combo; Inside, outside, Cruyff turn – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Find 3 or 4 friends to perform the group skill of the week task. Players must perform a series of
      juggling skills, then ‘pass off’ the ball to the next player. Remember that players must be in different
      locations and must be practicing social distancing!**

DAY 2

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (18 mins)
  1. U shape (foundation move)- 2.5 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  2. Inside outside roll foundation- 2.5 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  3. Skill combo- drag back, V shape- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins)
    • Find 3 or 4 friends to perform the group skill of the week task. Players must perform a series of
      juggling skills, then ‘pass off’ the ball to the next player. Remember that players must be in different
      locations and must be practicing social distancing!**


WEEK OF APRIL 13

Complete the same practices as in Week of April 6 below.

      • Skill of the Week
        • Inside-outside, Cruyff, followed by your own skill (found in Day 1 skills video for this block)

WEEK OF APRIL 6

DAY 1

      • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
      1. Right foot, left foot juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      2. Right thigh, left thigh juggling and catch (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      • Individual skills section (27 mins)
      1. Inside, inside moving forward (foundation move)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
      2. Toe taps moving forward – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
      3. 2 skill combo- Cruyff turn, scissor cut- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets

      • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins) – Find on Apr 6 Day 1 Video above

Day 2

      • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
      1. Right foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      2. Left foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      3. Right foot, left foot juggling with one bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      • Individual skills section (27 mins)
      1. Inside, inside, toe taps (moving forward)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
      2. 2 skill combo: Inside-outside, Cruyff- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets
      3. Drag back, Ronaldo chop- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 3 sets

      • TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week (5 mins) – Find on Apr 6 Day 1 Video above

WEEK of MAR 30

Continue with the Individual Skills Program as below in Week of Mar 23.  Here is your new Skill of the Week!


WEEK OF MAR 23

Tampa Bay Rowdies Individual Skills Program- Day 1

      • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
      1. Right foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      2. Left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      • Individual skills section (18 mins)
      1. Pull back- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
      2. Inside cuts- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
      3. Outside cuts- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets

3. TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week – MAR 23 (5 mins)

Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Skills Program- Weekly Skill Challenges

      • Skill combo- pull back, inside cut, outside cut. (Put all the skills you learned together, one by one)
      • *Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
      • Players will perform the above skills combination. Practice the skill combination as many times as you wish!
      • Parents can record their kids performing the skills and send them to [email protected] where we will pick a featured player each week!

Tampa Bay Rowdies Individual Skills Program – Day 2

      • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
      1. Right foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      2. Left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
      • Individual skills section (18 mins)
      1. Pull back- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
      2. Inside cuts- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
      3. Outside cuts- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets

3. TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week – MAR 23 (5 mins)

Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Skills Program- Weekly Skill Challenges

    • Skill combo- pull back, inside cut, outside cut. (Put all the skills you learned together, one by one)
    • *Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
    • Players will perform the above skills combination. Practice the skill combination as many times as you wish!
    • Parents can record their kids performing the skills and send them to [email protected]c.com where we will pick a featured player each week!