Sharks and Minnows
One of the most popular but effective drills for younger soccer teams is ‘Sharks and Minnows’. This is a great way to practice dribbling out of pressure, body control, and encouraging players to keep their heads up.
Ideal # of Players: 6 or more
- Use half of the soccer field and setup two cones from one sideline to the other.
- Two players are assigned as the Shark (red) to start. They start in the middle without the ball.
- Every other player is the Minnows (blue) and will start with a ball on one of the end lines.
- On the coach’s whistle, the Minnows attempt to dribble from one end line to the other while keeping their ball away from the Sharks.
- The Sharks attempt to steal and kick the ball out of bounds. Once this occurs, the Minnow will join the Sharks.
- When all the Minnows successfully made it to the end line, they will go again.
- The last Minnow without losing the ball wins.
Points of Emphasis
- Players should keep the ball close to their body when a Shark is close.
- Players should keep their head up and on a swivel to identify where the Sharks are.
- Players should use their bodies to protect the ball.