Soccer Scrimmage with Jokers Training Drill

Scrimmage with Jokers

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • 2 mini goals
  • cones to mark off area
  • pinnies


  • each team determines one “joker” who must touch the ball a minimum of 4 times before he gets rid of it
  • a goal scored by a joker is awarded 2 points
  • if the joker breaks the rule it is automatically a free kick for the other team
  • rotate jokers


  • jokers have a maximum of two touches
  • vary number of jokers on each team
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • change of direction and speed
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control
  • decision making

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