Soccer Numbers Up Dribble Game Training Drill

Numbers Up Dribble Game

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • 2 cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • first player in line from each group pass back and forth
  • on coach’s command the player with the ball in that moment attempts to finish on a designated goal
  • the other player tries to prevent the attacker from scoring


  • vary position of passers
  • one-touch passing
  • players head the ball back and forth
  • the player with the ball can score on either goal
  • the defender can try to score himself
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power
  • setting up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protecting the ball


  • angle and speed of approach
  • body shape, balance, and foot positioning
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel

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