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Relay Races 1


The relay race is a team activity where each member completes a segment of a race before passing on the baton (or, in our case, a ball) to the next team member. This activity is particularly beneficial for young soccer players as it enhances their physical literacy – the ability to move with competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities. For very young players with developing coordination, pairing them in relays simplifies the concept. When one player runs, the other waits, making it easier for them to grasp the idea of taking turns. This structure reduces the complexity that comes with larger teams, where tracking multiple players and understanding when to run can be more challenging for young minds.


  1. Simple Run Relay: Players run to a line and back without a ball. This focuses on basic running and turning skills.

  2. Forward-Backward Run Relay: Players run forwards to a line and then jog backwards. This introduces different movement patterns.

  3. Overhead Ball Relay: Each player runs while holding a ball above their head, enhancing balance and arm strength.

  4. Bouncing Ball Relay: Players bounce a ball while they run, focusing on hand-eye coordination.

  5. Bounce and Throw Relay: Players bounce the ball while running and then throw it to their partner at the end of their segment, combining coordination with throwing skills.

  6. Pair Run and Catch Relay: In pairs, players run together while throwing and catching the ball between them. This variation emphasizes teamwork, coordination, and communication.