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Indoor Soccer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the rules of indoor soccer and drills used to practice indoor soccer skills. This lesson plan includes games for students to practice their soccer skills, as well as an activity comparing indoor and outdoor soccer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the rules for indoor soccer
  • describe how indoor soccer is played
  • identify basic drills to improve indoor soccer skills
  • demonstrate basic dribbling, passing, and receiving with a soccer ball

Length

1-1.5 hours

Materials

  • Pictures and/or video clips of indoor soccer games
  • Soccer balls
  • Cones
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Copies of lesson/lesson quiz
  • Colored pinnies

Curriculum Standards

Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Instruction

  • Show students pictures and/or video clips of indoor soccer games. Ask students to identify what they know about soccer and indoor soccer.

Indoor Soccer Rules

  • Distribute copies of the Indoor Soccer: Rules and Drills text lesson, and have the class read from the beginning of the lesson through the 'Game Rules' section.
  • Divide the class into pairs, and give each pair chart paper and markers.
  • Have students create a Venn diagram comparing indoor soccer and outdoor soccer. Students should examine similarities and differences in terms of:
    • Playing field
    • Length of game
    • Teams
    • Equipment
    • Game rules
  • Allow time for students to share their Venn diagrams with the class.

Indoor Soccer Drills

  • Have the class read the 'Drills of Indoor Soccer' and 'Lesson Summary' sections.
  • Divide class into pairs, and have students practice each of the drills from the lesson using a soccer ball. Make sure you have a larger indoor area to practice.
    • Dribbling: Partners will take turns dribbling around the area, kicking the ball with their laces and keeping it close to their feet.
    • Passing/Receiving: Set up two lines of cones about 15 feet apart. One partner will stand at one cone and the other partner should stand at the cone directly across. Partners should practice passing the ball with the inside of their foot and receiving the ball with a 'soft foot.'
    • Heading: Partners will take turns tossing the ball up for the other partner to strike with his/her forehead.
      • Before having students engage in heading, please consult your state's athletic rules regarding heading. Many athletic associations, including United States Soccer, prohibit heading for children under 10 and recommend reduced practice with heading even longer. Another alternative would be to demonstrate heading for students yourself or use a video clip to illustrate the skill.
  • Give students the lesson quiz and have them complete it. Check for understanding and provide guidance as needed.

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