Soccer Pac Man Training Drill

Pac Man

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 25yds)
  • cones to mark off grid


  • two players (Pacmen) start with a ball
  • Pacmen try to pass against other players below the knee
  • if player is hit he takes a ball and becomes a “Pacman” as well
  • last player without a ball wins and starts as a Pacman the next round


  • player without a ball switches role with Pac Man once hit by a pass (players who are not Pacmen at the end of the game win)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • stay within bounds
  • keep ball rolling
  • head up
  • vision
  • change direction and speed
  • fake passes
  • close control
  • agility and balance

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