Soccer Dribbling Race Training Drill

Dribbling Race

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 2+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • each pair is assigned a station with a couple of cones to dribble around as shown
  • players try to catch the player in front of them
  • each player starts dribbling from a different cone
  • players switch roles often


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • players dribble counterclockwise
  • players can choose whether to go clockwise or counterclockwise
  • players run with a ball in their hands as a warm up
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • soft touch

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