Soccer Cross Country Training Drill

Cross Country

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • on the coach’s command players dribble to the opposite end line and back to their starting position
  • first group back to its original position is awarded a point
  • first group with 5 points wins


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • same game as before with groups on all four sides of the grid (make the grid a bit larger)
  • players perform a specific move once they arrive at the opposite end line and then dribble back to their starting position
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • head up
  • close control
  • agility and balance
  • soft touches

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