Mastering Soccer Skills at Home: A Guide for Young Players


Welcome to the world of Cochrane Wolves FC, where soccer passion knows no boundaries! We understand that not everyone has access to a soccer field or the luxury of constant supervision for training. That’s why we’re here to guide young soccer enthusiasts on how to practice their skills at home, even when space is limited, snow blankets the ground, or they lack a training partner. With dedication and the right approach, you can improve your soccer skills from the comfort of your own home. Whatever you do though, if you are indoors, do not kick the ball hard at all (your parents will not like that!!). It’s all about control!

Ball Mastery in Tight Spaces

Whether your living room or bedroom is your training ground, you can work on ball control. Use the close quarters to your advantage by practicing close dribbling, quick turns, and precise touches. Focus on keeping the ball close to your feet and maneuvering it in all directions. This tight-space training will enhance your close ball control skills, making you more agile on the field.

Wall Passing

All you need is a wall to practice passing and receiving. Pass the ball against the wall and control it upon return. This exercise helps improve your passing accuracy, first touch, and control. Challenge yourself by varying the speed and angle of your passes.


Juggling is a fantastic solo drill that enhances your ball control, balance, and touch. Start with a few juggles and gradually increase the count as you improve. Remember, even the best players started with just a few juggles, so be patient with yourself.

Shooting Accuracy

Set up targets in your backyard or any open space you have access to. These targets could be cones, bottles, or anything that can withstand light impact. Practice shooting the ball accurately to hit these targets. Focus on your technique and precision rather than power.

Agility and Speed Exercises

You don’t need much space to work on your agility and speed. Set up a simple cone or marker course and practice quick footwork drills like ladder drills, shuttle runs, or cone dribbling. These exercises will improve your speed and agility, essential for maneuvering on the pitch.

Video Analysis

Record your training sessions on your smartphone or tablet. Analyze your performance to identify areas for improvement. Compare your techniques with professional players, and take notes on what you can adjust. Video analysis can provide valuable insights into your game.

Mental Training

Soccer isn’t just about physical skills; mental strength is equally crucial. Study the game, understand tactics, and visualize yourself making successful plays. Develop a strong soccer IQ by watching matches, reading about strategies, and absorbing as much knowledge as possible.


Even without access to a traditional soccer field or a training partner, young soccer players can enhance their skills at home. Cochrane Wolves FC encourages you to stay committed, practice diligently, and keep the soccer spirit alive. Remember, greatness starts with small steps, and every training session brings you closer to your soccer dreams. Keep the passion burning, and the results will follow!

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Cochrane Wolves FC (CWFC) is a not for profit, minor sport organization that provides soccer programming to the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area. We are part of the Big Country Soccer Association District and our Tiered League Play teams participate in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association’s league.