Football Training Exercises for Kids

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Published: January 6, 2021

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. That’s why it’s completely normal and expected for your child to show interest in football at some point. And with so many different football training exercises for kids, every child can indulge in this sport from the comfort of their own backyards. Of course, there’s always the option of hiring a Dubai football coach who will work with your child when it comes to honing their skills. But if you decide to be the one who will help your child train, for the time being, there are some exercises you should focus on at the very start. We here at DubaiPT are more than happy to share with you the best football training exercises for kids of all ages.

Top five football training exercises for kids

Now, bear in mind that there are dozens of different exercises. For some of them, you might need a personal trainer for kids to show your little one the best way of performing a certain exercise. For others, you need nothing more than some free space and plenty of determination to spend some of your time watching your child develop football skills that could turn them into a professional athlete. Hopefully.

A ball to help you perform the best football training exercises for kids.
For some of these exercises, you won’t need anything more than a ball.

Fast feet

Football is a sport that definitely requires of a person to be in good shape. However, it can’t be denied that, when football is involved, most of your strength needs to be in your feet. That’s why an exercise called fast feet is one of the best exercises related to football that your child should try out. How do you perform this exercise?

All you need is a ball that you will place between your feet, all the while standing shoulder width apart with your knees slightly bent. The trick is to knock the ball between your legs as quickly as you can and for as long as you can. Our DubaiPT trainers love this exercise because it’s simple, requires almost no equipment, and can be done anywhere. And the best part? It’s utterly effective.


Juggles is an exercise that is as easy and simple as they come. Once again, all you will need is a ball. That ball needs to be kept on your feet and leg without you bouncing it or moving outside the square. Juggles doesn’t seem like a strenuous exercise, and it really isn’t. But just because it isn’t strenuous or exhausting doesn’t mean that it won’t produce great results. If it’s one of the favorites of almost all personal trainers in Dubai, then it should certainly be the right fit for your kid, as well.

A child chasing a ball while playing football.
Simple exercises usually turn out to be the best ones.


The starting point is quite simple – the ball stands in front of you. Your next step should be to use the sole of your foot to drag the ball back, and then push it back forward once it’s there. With the sole of your other foot, stop the ball and quickly pull it back. Once you push it forward again, you will have repeated the entire exercise for one time. Now go ahead and do as many repetitions as possible.

This drill will help your child get the skillful feet of a true football player. And if your child is watching football on a regular basis, then he or she must be in awe of some of the best football players in the world. You can only imagine how many repetitions of this exercise they had to do in order to get to where they are.

Fast feet (Step over)

Remember the first exercise from our list of the top five football exercises for kids? Well, this is a slightly more intricate variation of it. You are once again going to knock the ball between your feet as quickly as you can. But you are also going to perform a step over with your foot while the ball is moving. Let your child find the rhythm and the pace that works best for them, as fast feet with a step over could be more demanding for some kids. If your kid has been working with a fitness trainer in Dubai and has quite a stamina, then the rhythm will naturally be much faster. If they are not in the best shape of their lives, it’s best to start slow.

A child playing football.
Football should be a fun activity your child will enjoy.

Double taps

Another exercise that should be done in a certain rhythm is double taps. What double taps requires you to do is to knock the ball from one foot to the other by using the insteps. But that’s just the first part of the exercise. The second part is touching the top of the ball with two toe taps, completing the first repetition of the exercise. How many repetitions and in which rhythm you will do the exercise once again depends on your child’s shape. Don’t push them any harder than they are able to take. 

With so many different football training exercises for kids, your child will never be bored

Training can sometimes become quite monotonous. That is, it can if one is performing the same exercises over and over again. But with the best football training exercises for kids, your child will never have to be bored – there are simply too many of them. If these five exercises ever get too repetitive and boring for your child, you can always do your own research to find some more training exercises. Better yet, you can hire a personal trainer who will show them new exercises, as well as monitor their progress. Because monitoring how well the exercises are working for your child is just as important as doing them. Who knows – your little one might become the next big thing in the world of sports.


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