Soccer Various Skills Training Drill

Various Skills Training

A vital part of productive soccer play is great ball control. A player that is quick, has got a strong shot however seems to have problems in handling the ball might have difficulties in comparison with another that as coach usually states, “he can do what he desires with the ball”. To be able to bring the ball in check using a single touch working with different parts of the body is not just critical in generating time and space however in maintaining the flow of attacking activity.

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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: Ball Control, Dribbling, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 4 groups
  • each player with a ball
  • 4 grids
  • cones to mark off area


  • players practice different skills in each grid (i.e. juggling, moves, turns, specific dribbling technique, passing drill etc.)
  • on coach’s command (verbal or nonverbal) all groups move to next grid in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction
  • the group to arrive in next grid last does 10x squat jumps, jumping jacks)


  • specify how players must pass/receive (left or right foot, inside or outside foot, high or low etc.)
  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • vary activities (i.e. keep away or game of tag)
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • awareness
  • communication
  • body mechanics
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of speed & direction
  • close control
  • soft touches

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