Soccer Red Light Green Light Variations Training Drill

Red Light Green Light Variations

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • players start from touchline
  • when coach calls out “Green light!” players can dribble towards coach
  • when coach calls out “Red light!” players must trap their ball
  • if a player moves after coach calls out “Red light!” he must return to the start
  • player to touch the coach first wins


  • add another command (“Yellow light!” – players perform a specific move)
  • play with nonverbal commands
  • start activity with players carrying the ball as a warm up
  • same game as before with the coach moving about the grid
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • focus
  • head up
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • close control

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