Soccer Traffic Lights Training Drill

Traffic Lights

Free kids soccer drills and games for coaching youth soccer. This site is ideal for coaches wanting to add a little more excitement to their practices.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • on coach’s command players perform following tasks:
  • “dribble”: players dribble inside the playing area
  • “red light”: players stop the ball with the sole of the foot
  • “yellow light”: players change direction (or perform a specific move)
  • “green light”: players change direction and accelerate into space for 5 yards


  • add another color (i.e. “orange”: players swap balls)
  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • close control
  • awareness
  • change of direction & speed
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot

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