Soccer Change of Direction Training Drill

Change of Direction

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Basic Information

Age Group  (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 6+
Difficulty Easy
Time 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies
  • supply of balls for continuous play


  • each team defends and attacks one goal
  • on coach’s command direction of play changes (teams now attack the goal they were defending)


  • players must take a minimum of three touches
  • direction of play changes with each goal scored
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quick transitions
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense


  • positioning to provide cover and balance
  • intercept passes
  • squeeze toward center
  • track players
  • visual and verbal communication

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