Soccer Ball Capture Training Drill

Ball Capture

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • all players from one team with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • the players with the ball dribble inside the grid and try to keep possession as long as possible
  • the goal for each team is to have as many balls in their possession as possible
  • players from the same team can work together to take away balls or to keep possession
  • team with most balls under control at the end of the game wins
  • each round lasts between 2-4 minutes
  • play multiple rounds
  • repeat sequence with the other team starting with the balls


  • play with 2 (3, 4 etc.) balls only
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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