Soccer Balancing Act Training Drill

Balancing Act

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • cone goal (10-12yds)
  • mini goal
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • defending player holds a ball in his hands
  • defending player can only move sideways on goal line
  • the ball is passed to the attacker who must dribble past the defender and finish with a shot on the
  • mini goal on his first touch once he is past the defender
  • players switch roles if the defending player touches the attacker’s ball with the ball in his hands (he cannot throw it)


  • first pass must be lofted
  • defender can move towards attacker once he receives the pass
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accuracy
  • first touch into space
  • get defender off balance
  • decison making

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