How to play soccer alone? all you need to know

Are you unable to find anyone who can play or practice soccer with you? Don’t worry! you can play and practice soccer all alone. Today we will guide you on how to play soccer alone so without further a do let’s get straight into it.

Equipment you need to play soccer alone

 You don’t need expensive equipment to play soccer alone. All you need is a pair of socks (Grip socks are a great option), pair of soccer cleats, a few training discs or cones, and that’s it. You don’t need to wear any shin guards as you are not playing against any opponent.

How to play soccer alone

Playing soccer with Cones or discs 

There are hundreds of soccer drills that can do alone just by using cones or discs. All you need to do is place the cones or the discs in different variations and then start practicing. 

Let me give you an example of an “X”  drill with the cones or discs step-by-step

  1. Take 5 discs or cons 
  2. Make a square shape with the 4 cons or discs, make sure to place each con at a distance of 5 feet.
  3. Place the 5th con or discs in the center of the square to make an X shape.
  4. Start practicing different skills inside the cons or discs area. 
  5. Avoid touching any disc or con with your feet or ball and make sure the soccer ball doesn’t go outside the square shape you made with the cones or discs.

The X drill with cones can help you improve your skill like ball control and touch over the ball. There are a lot of different ways to place the cones and practice different skills. You will need to place the cones or discs according to the skills that you want to practice. 

Playing soccer alone with cons

Some other  variations to place the cones or discs are given below:

  • Place 5-10 cones or the discs in a straight line to practice dribbling and many other skills.
  • Place 2 cones or discs at a distance of 5 feet to improve your inside or outside touch.
  • Place 3 cones or discs at a distance of 5 feet in a triangle shape to practice your inside and outside move. This is also known as the triangle drill.

The are many ways to place your discs or cones and you can practice dozens of skills with just one variation of cones.

Agility & Quickness Drills

Soccer is a game where you need agility, quickness, and endurance. If you are playing soccer alone there is no better way to develop these skills. To develop these skills, you should practice different kinds of drills. Ladder drills are among the drills that players should focus on.

There are dozen of ladder drills that you can use to improve your speed. This will definitely give you an advantage over the other players. One of the best things about ladder drills is that it strengthens your joints and improve your brain health as well.

Playing soccer against a Wall

Playing soccer against the wall is the best to play soccer alone. The wall is almost like your teammate’s. If you pass the ball to the wall it will pass it back with the same energy. The right way to play against the wall is that, maintain a distance of 10-15 feet from the wall. Try to shoot, pass, and head the soccer ball towards the wall and when bouncing back, control the ball with different parts of your body like the thighs, chest, foot, etc. You can increase or decrease the distance from the wall depending on how much power you are applying to the ball to shoot it or pass it. 

a kid playing soccer alone agaist a wall

This will not only improve your shooting and passing technique but also your control over the soccer ball.

Make sure the area you are playing in doesn’t have any windows or any cars nearby. Possibilities are always there that you shoot the ball in the wrong direction, you can break someone’s window or car and you can get in trouble. 

Penalty Kicks

If you don’t have a teammate and you are alone. You can use that time practicing penalty kicks. Stand in front of the goalpost, if you do not have any goalpost in your park, you can mark two lines and suppose it as a goalpost. Make sure you maintain a distance of 12 yards from the goal or the mark. 

Try to shoot the ball in different corners to improve your penalty technique. If you do not have any goalposts, you can use a wall as a goalpost as well. It will be ideal to draw goalposts on the wall with chalk. This will help you increase your accuracy.


Heading the soccer ball in the right way is a great skill every soccer player should master. You can create a goal soccering opportunity for your team. But how can you practice heading a soccer ball without your teammates? Let’s see step-by-step how you can practice header alone.

The first thing you should do is find a wall that has no windows or any hurdles. Maintain a 6 feet distance from the wall. Next, throw the soccer ball on the ball and hit the ball with your head towards the wall again when it bounces back. Keep doing this and don’t let the ball touch the ground while you are doing this. 

Toni Kross heading the ball

Try to hit the soccer ball in the center, with the upper part of your forehead or the area where the hair starts. If you are a beginner, you won’t be able to head the ball 3-4 without letting it touch the ground but don’t give up and keep practicing until you master it.

Free kick 

The importance of free kicks in soccer cannot be overstated. Mastery of this skill can lead to goal opportunities for the team. Learning a perfect free-kick technique can be hard but you can do it by practicing. But what if you don’t have any goalkeeper for saving the ball? Well, you don’t need anyone to master a perfect free kick and you can practice it alone.

Place the ball at least 30 feet (10 yards) away from the goal. Your aim should be one of the four corners of the net (goal). Make a suitable angle between yourself and the soccer ball and hit the ball in the center. 

What if you don’t have a goalpost? Well, it’s simple, you can practice free-kick against the wall. Make a goal post with chalk on the wall and then try hitting your target, If it’s not possible for you to make a goal post on the wall, you can use tape to mark one area as your target and then practice hitting it with free kicks. 

Commonly, the ball will go here and there instead of hitting the target. To hit your target, you need a lot of practice. Keep practicing until you can hit the same target multiple times.

 Freestyle soccer 

Freestyle soccer is a fun way to play soccer alone. Freestyle is great to learn because it helps you to improve your ball control and touch abilities in soccer.

A person playing freestyle soccer. the person is wearing black shrit

As a matter of fact, many professional soccer players do this as part of their workout routine. Some players do it as a warm-up exercise. You can try practicing different freestyle skills like juggling the soccer ball or around the world etc.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, it’s not a problem if your teammates are not around. You can still practice and play soccer alone and It’s could be a great opportunity for you to improve your game. You can take unlimited time to practice any skill.

Another benefit is that you can work on your soccer skills without anyone else trying to stop you. You can learn and practice your favorite skills again and again.

Frequently asked questions 

Can I play soccer alone?

Yes, You can play soccer alone. You can try different freestyle skills, You can play against a wall, you can play soccer against a goalpost.

Can I practice soccer alone?

Yes, you can practice different drills like practicing with cones or discs or practicing header against the wall, etc. Practicing these skills will help you in a real match.

Which one is better, playing soccer alone or playing soccer with a team?

Playing soccer with the team can help you improve your communication and understanding of how your other teammates play. However, If you don’t have teammates you can still play soccer alone. Playing against the wall is one of them.

Does playing or practicing soccer alone improve your game?

Yes, One of the best ways to improve your game is to practice and play soccer alone. When you are playing soccer alone you will be more focused and you can improve much faster than improving your game with your teammates.

Difference between irrigating and wetting a soccer field?

It is important to understand that the irrigation of the soccer field and the wetting of the soccer field are two different things. Irrigation means watering the roots of the grass on the soccer field to grow.

In contrast, wetting a soccer field simply means watering the grass upper surface of the field to reduce the risk of injuries and help the ball glide. People often misunderstand it. In terms of their missions, these two terms are very different.

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