Soccer Gate Race Training Drill

Gate Race

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 4 groups
  • each player with a ball
  • 2 grids (15yds x 20yds)
  • good supply of cones
  • cone goals (2-3yds)


  • each group is assigned to a grid
  • one player from each group dribbles through all the cone goals
  • last group to have all players dribble through all cone goals does 20push ups


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, sole, left or right foot only etc.)
  • 2-3 players from each group dribble through cone at the same time
  • players perform a specific move on each goal line
  • players make self pass through each gate
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • close control of ball
  • head up
  • good turns
  • agility and balance
  • change of speed & direction

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