Soccer Team Knock Out Training Drill

Team Knock Out

This is one of many U8 soccer passing and dribbling drills that you can use to help your players improve as they are having fun.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • good supply of balls
  • cones to mark off area


  • all players from one team dribble inside the grid
  • players of the other group around the grid attempt to pass and hit the the player’s balls on the inside
  • if a ball is hit, the player with that ball has to dribble around the grid one time before he can rejoin the game
  • switch roles after 3-5 minutes
  • group with most hits wins


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

Coaching Points:

  • weight of pass
  • accurate passes
  • change of speed & direction
  • shielding the ball
  • protecting the ball
  • vision

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