One great way to mix up your training is to play some fun soccer games. Training is not just about doing endless drills and becoming more fit. It should also be enjoyable at least some of the time, and fun football games not only let you practice some skills you can use in games but can help build camaraderie and communication with your teammates. These are important qualities for a successful team.
Sometimes, the object in these fun games is for players to be gradually eliminated. If this is the case, players who are knocked out should have another fun and skill-building activity they can work on while the game continues.
Fun football games can be variations on drills such as dribbling around cones done as competitive relays, or they can be more complicated. One fun and simple game is one in which there is one fewer ball than there are players. Players have a certain amount of time to steal a ball from another, and whoever is left without a ball when time is called is out. This continues until one only one player is left standing.
Fun football games can be used in training for players from the beginning all the way up to the professional level. They can be a good way to improve skills that players are struggling with because when players are focused on having fun, it can take the pressure off a little bit, and sometimes that is needed to master a difficult new skill.