Soccer Zic Zac #3 Training Drill

Zic Zac #3

When teaching your kids how to play soccer, make sure they learn how to dribble. Many learn by simply kicking the ball ahead and chasing after it, but this doesn’t provide any control and allows the opponent to steal it. Have them run slow and use different parts of their feet to maintain the ball in front of them. Teach them to stop it on one spot with a gentle tap down on the top of the ball when dribbling to set it up for a pass. Always look for times to practice. Take your ball with you when you go out, and do drills when you have a pocket of time. It’s also fun to dribble the ball with your feet during normal walking.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • each group with ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • players dribble around specific cones on coach’s command
  • first player to stop his ball dead at the tall yellow cone is awarded a point for his group


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • players perform a move in front of each cone which is called out
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • good turns
  • close control
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of direction and speed

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