Soccer Tricks and Turns # 3 Training Drill

Tricks and Turns # 3

The soccer dribbling drills here aim to help you coach your players in running with the ball at their feet, beating players with their skill and pace.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 4+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Ball Control

Field Preparation:

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


  • on coach’s command players stop the ball and then explode into space
  • players pass the ball 4 times between the feet then roll it to the side with the sole of the foot
  • players dribble with laces and then stop the ball with the sole of the foot after 4-5 touches
  • players dribble with the laces – 2 short strides, 2 long strides – stop the ball with the sole of the foot
  • coach shows specific move, and players try to copy
  • players perform a “stop and go” move
  • players perform “drag back sweep” move
  • players perform scissors move
  • coach picks players to demonstrate their favourite tricks


  • let kids come up with their own fakes
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • deception
  • change of speed & direction
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • soft touch
  • creativity

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