Soccer Cone Sprint Training Drill

Cone Sprint

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Ball Control

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • supply of cones
  • large grid (20 x 20yds)
  • small grid (7 x 7yds)


  • players dribble inside the small grid
  • on coach’s command all players dribble around a cone from the large grid and then dribble back into the small grid
  • last player to be back inside the small grid does a fun exercise


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, sole, left
    or right foot only etc.)
  • play in teams and see what team makes it back into the grid first
  • on coach’s command players swap balls before they leave the inner grid
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • head up
  • acceleration into space
  • close control
  • agility and balance
  • change of speed & direction

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