Soccer Color Tag Training Drill

Color Tag

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • players dribble inside the playing area
  • each player pairs up with a player from the other team
  • when coach calls out a color, all players who wear that color pinnie have 20 (10) seconds to tag their partner
  • each tag is awarded a point
  • team with the most points after 10 rounds wins


  • taggers knock their ball out of the grid and attempt to win the ball from their partner within time frame
  • taggers must try to knock partner’s ball out of the grid while keeping their ball close to their feet
  • taggers try to pass their ball against partner’s ball
  • players switch partner every other round
  • start activity without balls as a warm up
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • awareness
  • agility and balance
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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