Soccer Safety Zone Team Dribble Training Drill

Safety Zone Team Dribble

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area and zones
  • pinnies


  • players dribble inside playing area
  • on coach’s command one team leaves their balls and tries to tag players of the other team
  • the other team tries to dribble into a safe zone with control without being tagged
  • each player who makes it into a safe zone is awarded a point for his team


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • vary number and/or size of zones
  • defenders must tag the attacker’s ball for elimination
  • players must dribble through cone goals outside the grid in order to be save
  • set a limit for number of players allowed in each zone (i.e. 2 players allowed per zone)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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