Soccer Dribbling Circle Training Drill

Dribbling Circle

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • attacking players outside the circle attempt to dribble in and out of the circle to score a point
  • attacking players cannot go in and out through same opening
  • defending players inside circle attempt to block dribbler’s path
  • switch defenders often


  • vary number of defenders
  • defenders attempt to knock out attacker’s ball while keeping their own ball close
  • defenders must carry a ball throughout activity
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • change of speed & direction
  • vision
  • close control
  • awareness
  • protect your ball
  • deception
  • set up defender

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