Soccer Hunter Ball Training Drill

Hunter Ball

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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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball except for hunters
  • cones to mark off area


  • on coach’s command hunters try to get possession of the ball first and then pick it up with their hands
  • player who loses his ball to a hunter becomes a hunter himself
  • last player to dribble a ball wins
  • switch hunters


  • vary number of hunters depending on skill level
  • player who loses his ball must dribble around the grid before he can rejoin the game (hunters win if all players are off the grid)
  • if ball is lost player switches role with hunter (no tag backs)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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