Soccer Shadow Dribbling Training Drill

Shadow Dribbling

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each player with a ball
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • cone goals (2-4yds)


  • each pair determines a leader and a shadow
  • when coach calls out a color the leader dribbles through the same color goal
  • leader becomes the shadow and vice versa


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • same as before in groups of 3 or 4
  • shadow must dribble through the same color goal but cannot dribble through exactly the same goal
  • same rules as before, leaders perform a specific move on goal line
  • start activity with players carrying the ball in their hands as a warm up
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • communication

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