Soccer Ball Switch Training Drill

Ball Switch

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • grid (15yds x 20yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • players dribble around inside the playing area
  • on coach’s command “Switch!” everybody stops his ball and finds another ball and then starts dribbling again


  • coach calls out different body parts with which players have to stop it (knee, forehead, buttocks, chest, elbow, heel, toes etc.)
  • “Musical Soccer Balls” everybody has a ball except for one player; (on coach’s command “Switch!” everybody stops the ball and finds a different one, the player without a ball has to do an exercise (i.e. 10 squat jumps, 10 toe taps with the ball ))
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • vision
  • close control

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