Soccer Stuck in the Mud Training Drill

Stuck in the Mud

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball except for the tagger
  • grid (15yds x 20yds)
  • supply of cones
  • pinnies


  • game of tag with 2 taggers
  • all players dribble a ball except for the taggers
  • taggers carry a pinnie with which they apply a tag
  • if a player is tagged, he picks up his ball and opens his legs
  • teammates can unfreeze a tagged player by making a pass through their legs
  • taggers win if they tag all players within 2-4 minutes
  • switch pair of taggers


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • vary number of taggers
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • head up
  • attack the open space
  • change of speed & direction
  • agility and balance
  • accurate passes

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