No matter how young your players are, working on ball manipulation skills is a must. These skills give players the ability to push, move, drag or manipulate the ball and become its master.

But I never played soccer I can’t demonstrate ball skills!

Yes you can, the coach demonstrates the move slowly in easy to copy steps. You can always recruit a college or high school player to show the moves at speed. Spend 15 minutes every practice on individual skills and don’t be put off because it is difficult, repetition is the key to player development.

Check out the links below:

Example one from Teach PE, some great drills and ball skills (scroll down the page for videos).

Example two from YouTube. A good resource for many different soccer related videos.