Soccer Ball Tag Training Drill

Ball Tag

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • supply of balls


  • players dribble inside playing area
  • taggers run with a ball in their hands and attempt to throw and hit somebody else’s ball
  • if a runner’s ball gets hit, he switches roles with the tagger


  • vary number of taggers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control