Soccer Catch Up Dribble Training Drill

Catch Up Dribble

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Basic Information

Age Group:(5-7yrs) (8-11yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball except for defenders
  • cones to mark off area


  • dribblers attempt to dribble to the opposite side without losing their ball
  • 2-3 defenders start appr. 5 yards behind everyone else as shown
  • dribbler whose ball is touched by a defender becomes a defender himself
  • last dribbler with a ball wins
  • play multiple rounds


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • dribblers switch defenders if they get tagged
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • head up
  • coach decides whether to allow slide tackles

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