Soccer 3 Zone Dribble Training Drill

3 Zone Dribble

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Ball Control

Field Preparation:

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


  • on coach’s command players dribble into specific grid
  • players practice juggling in grid # 3
  • players practice a number of different moves in grid # 2
  • players play ball tag in grid # 1


  • last player to switch the grid does 10 squat jumps (push ups etc.)
  • vary activity in each zone (passing, flag tag, knee tag etc.)
  • players swap balls before switching the grid
  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch

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