Soccer Catch me if you can! Training Drill

Catch me if you can!

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • all players of one group with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • all players of one group sit on ground, randomly placed in the area
  • all players of the other group dribble inside the playing area, keeping the ball away from seated players
  • all seated players can grab any ball that comes within their reach
  • if seated player gets a ball then they play keep away with other seated players – throw ball from seated player to next
  • the standing player who lost the ball must retrieve the ball with their hands and resume dribbling
  • encourage them to physically wrestle the ball from the seated player
  • switch seated players with dribblers after 3-4 minutes


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • close control
  • change of speed & direction
  • shielding

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