Soccer Duck Duck Goose Training Drill

Duck Duck Goose

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area
  • 5-8 players max per station
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • the fox dribbles around the outside of the circle tapping each child on the shoulder or head saying “duck” for each player
  • once the fox says “goose” and taps the next child, he dribbles as quickly as he can around the circle
  • the “goose” then chases the fox in the same direction the fox is dribbling
  • if the fox reaches the gap left by the goose in the circle and traps his ball before he is tagged, he is “safe” and the goose becomes the new fox
  • if the goose tags the fox, the fox must again dribble around the circle



  • start the game without balls as a warm up
  • players dribble in a counterclockwise direction
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • explosiveness