Soccer Bumper Ball Training Drill

Bumper Ball

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Basic Information

Age Group:(5-7yrs) (8-11yrs)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 1-3 beach balls or different size/color balls


  • players dribble inside playing area with reg. size ball
  • one or two players dribble a beach ball
  • objective of the game is to have possession of the beach ball at the end of the game
  • players switch balls if a player kicks his reg. size ball against one of the beach balls


  • specify how players must pass/shoot (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • vary number of players with a target ball
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • keep ball rolling
  • accuracy
  • weight of pass
  • vision
  • protect the ball with your body

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