Soccer Scrimmage w Dribble Zones Training Drill

Scrimmage w Dribble Zones

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • teams must dribble into the box in front of the goal before they can score
  • no defenders allowed in box except for goalie


  • limit number of touches
  • multiple 1v1s (players can only defend a designated player and cannot tackle another attacker)
  • defenders may follow attacker into box after his first touch inside the box
  • 3 points if a team dribbles into the box and then scores otherwise only 1 point

Coaching Points:

  • set up defender
  • quick finish
  • good first touch
  • compact defending
  • quick transitions
  • attack open space
  • protect the ball
  • change of speed & direction
  • vision
  • decision making

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