Soccer Ball Variety Training Drill

Ball Variety

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (25yds x 35yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (3-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • teams have to pass to one of the target players before dribbling through one of the two cone goals
  • wall players can move from side to side along end line to receive the ball


  • both wall players have to touch the ball before a team can score
  • minimum of 2-3 touches for field players
  • maximum of 2-3 touches for wall players
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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