Soccer Circle Dribble Training Drill

Circle Dribble

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 4-8 players max.
  • 2-3 balls per station
  • cones to mark off area
  • middle square (5 x 5yds)
  • repeat setup to accommodate entire team


  • two players dribble through the middle square to another player who then takes over
  • the player then takes the receiver’s spot


  • add a third (fourth) player with a ball
  • players must perform a move before they enter the square
  • players make a pass to another player once they dribble out of the square
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • acceleration
  • agility and balance
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • close control
  • weight of pass
  • accurate passes

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