Soccer Dribblers and Shooters Training Drill

Dribblers and Shooters

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • one team is the “dribblers” who try to dribble around and prevent their balls from being hit by the “shooters”
  • other team, “shooters”, try to kick their balls into the “dribblers” balls for a point
  • switch roles after 2-3 minutes
  • team with most points after two rounds wins


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • specify how players must pass/shoot (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • shooters pass around 1-3 balls and try to hit the dribbler’s ball
  • shooters can also hit dribblers’ legs to score a point (easier)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • no passes/shots above knee level


  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • soft touch


  • weight of pass
  • accuracy
  • disguise


  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power

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