Warm Up Soccer Drill

Pac Man | Warm-Up Drill For Kids

In this fun and energetic warm-up game for kids, players will practice dribbling, turning, and passing the ball as well as developing fundamental motor skills. Children absolutely love this drill and will want to play again and again.

Warm Up Game – Pac Man

Set Up The Drill

Set up a 20×20 yard grid using small cones. Have a supply of balls grouped together outside of the grid. You should have enough balls for every player.


Designate 1 or 2 of the players to start the game as ‘Ghosts’. The ghosts start outside the grid next to the balls. All of the other players are Pac-Mans and start inside the grid without a ball.

Upon the coach’s call, the ghosts enter the grid with a ball each and try to catch the Pac-Mans by executing a push pass and hitting them below the knee with the ball. The Pac-Mans try to dodge the balls and avoid being hit. Once a Pac-Man gets hit they become a ghost, exit the grid, get their own ball and try and catch the remaining players in the same way. The last Pac-Man to be caught wins the game. Repeat the game with the winner starting as the new ghost.


The coach starts as the ghost and all players start as the Pac-Mans. This is a lot of fun but be warned! It is very tiring!

Coaching Points

  • Correction execution of the push pass; Approach at an angle, have your Balance over the ball and make contact with the Center of the ball using the inside of the foot.
  • Play with your head up both with and without the ball.
  • Use of tricks and sharp turns to surprise the Pac-Mans and catch them!