Soccer Dodge Ball Training Drill

Dodge Ball

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a player
  • taggers carry ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • dribblers dribble inside playing area
  • taggers freeze others by throwing and hitting their ball
  • player whose ball is hit, picks it up and waits until a teammate unfreezes him by passing the ball through his legs
  • switch taggers every 2-4 minutes


  • vary number of taggers
  • player whose ball is hit becomes a tagger as well
  • player whose ball is hit switches role with the tagger
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • accuracy
  • weight of pass
  • quick decision making
  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control

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