Soccer Ball Chase Training Drill


Ball Chase

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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

Description:

  • attacking players (red) try to dribble their ball into defending player (blue) ball
  • when a defender’s ball is hit the first time, he picks up his ball and avoids the attacker’s ball with the ball in his hands
  • if a defender is hit the second time, he must leave the grid and practices juggling until the end of the round
  • switch roles after 3-6 minutes
  • team to eliminate most players within time frame wins

Variation:

  • attacking players try to dribble their ball into defending player ball to be awarded a point for their team (defenders stay on the grid and keep dribbling their ball; switch roles after 3-6 minutes and compare scores to determine the winner)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • no shooting/passing allowed
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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