Soccer Get Past The Defender # 1 Training Drill

Get Past The Defender # 1

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)

Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 5 players max per station
  • 3 balls per group
  • grid (6yds x 12yds)
  • supply of cones


  • the defender in the middle is restricted to move from side to side only on the middle line trying to stop the dribbling attacker
  • once the attacker is past the defender the next player from the opposite side repeats the sequence
  • the attacker is awarded a point if he gets past the defender without having the defender touch the ball
  • the attacker with the most points wins
  • switch defenders every 2-3 minutes


  • add another line on which a second defender can only move from side to side also
  • the attacker has to dribble through a zone with a defender which is 3-6 yds deep
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball

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