Soccer Follow The Leader # 1 Training Drill

Follow The Leader # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each player with a ball
  • grid (15yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • leader dribbles inside playing area while he follower dribbles behind him trying to touch the leader on the back
  • while maintaining control of his own ball (leader is trying to avoid being touched)
  • switch roles every 1-2 minutes


  • start activity without balls as a warm up
  • follower without a ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • creativity
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch

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