Soccer 5v5 Dribbling Zones Training Drill

5v5 Dribbling 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 w goalies
  • pinnies


  • if a player dribbles into zone in front of the goal and scores he is awarded 2 points otherwise 1 point


  • each team selects two players that have to dribble into zone in order to score (goals by those players are awarded 2 points)
  • no defenders allowed in zone in front of goal until ball is dribbled in
  • defenders cannot follow attacker with the ball into zone (attacker goes with goalie)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • quick finish

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