Soccer On my command! Training Drill

On my command!

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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:

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


  • each player dribbles inside playing area
  • coach moves around grid asking specific questions like: What color is a certain player’s shirt? Where is the
  • nearest tree? How many fingers am I holding up? What is 7 times 5?
  • when players hear ‘swap’ , they switch balls with another player
  • when players hear ‘explode’, they accelerate out of the grid and then back into it again
  • when players hear their name, coach is throwing a ball at them which they have to catch while dribbling their own ball


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • add passive defender(s) (coach and/or players)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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