Soccer Middle Cone Dribbling Training Drill

Middle Cone Dribbling

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 4 groups of 2-3 players
  • each group with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • the first player in line from each group dribbles towards the middle and leaves it behind at the center cone
  • the next player in line runs to get the ball and dribbles it back to the start
  • the next player repeat sequence


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • players perform a specific move when at the end of their dribbling path
  • the next player in line meets dribbling player halfway on the way back to take over the ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • change of speed & direction
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • soft touches

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