Soccer Race Tag Training Drill

Race Tag

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • all players inside the grid with a ball
  • one hunter enters the grid without a ball and tries to win the ball from another player and passes it to a
  • teammate around the grid to complete the sequence (next the teammate gives the ball back to the player who
  • lost it and enters the grid to win the ball from another player to repeat the sequence)
  • hunters cannot tag the same player twice in a row
  • player who receives a pass now becomes the hunter
  • teams switch roles when all hunters have tagged a player inside the grid
  • team to complete the task the fastest wins


  • play with 2 hunters inside the grid
  • hunter must try to knock out a player’s ball while keeping his ball close
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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