Soccer Circle Run Training Drill

Circle Run

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 5-8 players max per station
  • 1-3 balls per station
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • player with the ball starts dribbling into the middle of the circle towards another player
  • next player then accelerates towards the player with the ball, takes it over and repeats the sequence


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • players perform a move in the middle of the circle and then dribble to next player to lay off the ball
  • player must dribble clockwise
  • players must dribble counterclockwise
  • play with 2 or more balls simultaneously

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • change of speed & direction
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • soft touches

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