Soccer Alien versus Predator Training Drill

Alien versus Predator

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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:

  • each player with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • players dribble inside the grid and attempt to keep the defenders/coaches from winning the ball
  • if defender/coach wins a ball from the player the player has to win it back
  • defenders/coaches cannot go and contest the ball from the same player twice in a row


  • vary number of defenders
  • defenders switch roles with attackers once they lose the ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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