Soccer Dribbling Square # 1 Training Drill

Dribbling Square # 1

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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: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 4 groups
  • each group with a ball
  • grid (30yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players perform a move before dribbling in and out of middle square
  • players then pass to next player on their left
  • players must make a pass off their first touch out of the middle square
  • all players follow their pass in a clockwise direction


  • specify how players must pass/receive (left or right foot, inside or outside foot, high or low etc.)
  • reverse direction
  • players perform a move inside the middle square and then make a pass to next player
  • players dribble around 2 cones before making a pass
  • play with only three balls and let players choose freely which player to pass it to
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • good turn
  • vision
  • accurate passing
  • eye contact

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