Soccer Lose Your Shadow Training Drill

Lose Your Shadow

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • each pair determines a leader and a shadow
  • the leader dribbles a ball and shadow follows him without a ball
  • the leader attempts to lose his shadow
  • on coach’s command “Stop” all players must stop their ball where they are
  • the shadow must be close enough to reach out and touch his partner with his hand
  • if the shadow is successful he is awarded a point, if not, the leader gets the point
  • switch roles after 2 minutes – leader becomes the shadow and vice versa


  • start activity without balls as a warm up
  • both players with a ball
  • same rules as above, shadow becomes a mirror (player must try to stay in front of the leader at all times)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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