Soccer Robbers and Thieves Training Drill

Robbers and Thieves

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • one ball per player
  • cones to mark off area


  • objective for players is to steal balls from other zones and take them to their own zone
  • players cannot challenge opponents
  • group with most balls after one minute wins
  • play multiple rounds


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • players are allowed to challenge other players inside playing area (not in the corners!)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • head up
  • change of speed & direction
  • quick decision making
  • communication with partner
  • agility and balance
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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