Soccer Doctor Tag Training Drill

Doctor Tag

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Ball Control

Field Preparation:

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


  • play with two or three designated taggers who dribble a ball
  • once a player gets tagged he must hold/cover that area of the body that was tagged with his hand
    he keeps on dribbling avoiding other tags
  • if players are tagged a second time they now must hold both (tagged) spots
  • if the player is tagged a 3rd time, the player must go to the outside of the grid and perform an
  • exercise such as 20 toe touches, 2 or more juggles, 10 tick-tocks or dribble around grid once before rejoining the game


  • play with one or two designated taggers without a ball
  • play same game as above where all players try to tag one another
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

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

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