Soccer Partner Tag Training Drill

Partner Tag

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 2+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • in pairs (1 player from each team)
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • players dribble inside playing area
  • on coach’s command one team tries to tag their designated partner from the other team as many times as
  • possible within 30 sec.
  • switch roles
  • player with the most tags after multiple rounds wins


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • start game without balls as a warm up
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch

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