Soccer Group Tag Training Drill

Group Tag

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls
  • pinnies


  • one player from each team carries a ball trying tag a player from the other team
  • once a player is tagged the tagger passes (throws, volleys etc.) the ball to a teammate who then becomes the tagger
  • team that has all players apply a tag first wins


  • specify how players must run (backwards, sideways, hop on one leg etc.)
  • adjust size of grid depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • setting up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • vision

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