Soccer Tag Game Variations Training Drill

Tag Game Variations

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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:

  • each player with a ball except for taggers
  • cones to mark off area


  • coach picks two players who chase everyone else and tag them
  • tagged players toe tap the ball 10 times and rejoin the game
  • switch taggers every 2-3 minutes
  • group of taggers to tag most players wins


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • vary number of taggers
  • taggers must touch the ball to score a point
  • taggers must win the ball to score a point
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • soft touch

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