Soccer Ball King Training Drill

Ball King

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • good supply of balls
  • cones to mark off area


  • half the group starts with a ball; the other half without a ball
  • all players with a ball avoid losing possession of the ball
  • if a player steals a ball, the player losing possession then must go to another player to try to get the ball back (he cannot take it from the player who stole it from him)
  • play for 2-3 minutes each round
  • players to end the game in possession of a ball are a awarded a point


  • add or lessen the pressure by varying the number of players to the game
  • 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
  • soft touch

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