Although Florida is the Sunshine State, it also happens to be the lightning capital of the country. As the rainy season approaches, there will be plenty of days when your budding soccer player is excited to kick the ball around, but the weather is wet, gray, and unsafe. Luckily, the women’s soccer experts at Queenscast have a rainy day guide to get you and your soccer fanatic through the storm!
First things first, how do you practice your soccer skills when you can’t go outside because of the dreadful weather? Try an indoor game!
Living Room Soccer: One way you can practice your soccer skills during a storm is to bring the game into your living room. If your outdoor nets are on the smaller side, bring them inside before it begins to rain. If you prefer to keep your gear outside, set up a goal using any two objects (cones, plastic cups, two chairs, or even tape). Move any breakables out of the living room and organize one-on-one matches or a solo practice session!
If you’re hesitant to sacrifice your living room to a full-fledged match, suggest your child practices their drills inside. You can always use softer soccer balls, like a foam ball or a fabric ball, to minimize any damage risks. Here are some easy drills your child can practice indoors:
Figure 8 Dribbling: Set up two objects (such as cones, chairs, or pillows) with enough space to create a clear figure 8 path. Your child can work on dribbling throughout the 2 objects, focusing on keeping their turns tight and the ball close.
Inside/Outside Touches: This classic dribbling technique translates perfectly for indoors. Line up 8-10 small objects (again, cones or cups work perfectly) far enough apart that there is room to wiggle the ball between them. Then, practice the drill the same way you would outside. Using one foot, weave the ball through the cones alternating between the outside and the inside of your foot. At the end of the line, switch to the other foot.
Monster Invasion: Mark out a space in your living room that’s roughly 5 steps by 5 steps. Your child will then dribble the ball inside the designated space as you (or another player) try to steal the ball away. This drill teaches ball control, especially under pressure. To make the “monster” come to life, drag your leg, make monster noises, or scary and silly faces.
While there’s no replacement for the soccer field, this rainy day guide can help make those gloomy days a little more fun. For more soccer tips, drills, and family fun, the Orlando women’s soccer experts at Queenscast have you covered - rain or shine.