Soccer training – Dribbling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

Pay attention, or else this drill won’t work properly. Concentrate on the coach’s commands, since he decides who can dribble.

This drill is also great to do as a competition. Not necessarily as can be seen in the animation; make it a duel. One ball in the middle, no more balls in the groups. On command, the players start running and whoever makes it to the ball first tries to dribble through the cone goal; the other player becomes a defender.


The soccer drill setup is simple. Mark an outer square and a smaller one in the center. One cone goal each is placed on two sides. We’ll post one group on the markers in the outer square; every player has a ball. The groups are numbered clockwise from one through four. The coach calls two of the four numbers; the group that was called always sends its first player on his way. The path goes directly into the marked center, where a ball swap takes place with the player from the other group. Finally, each player dribbles through a cone goal and back to his group. Make sure that both players don’t dribble through the same goal.


- Use both feet, or just left or right
- Only dribble through the center; don’t pass the ball

Soccer coach tips

- Clear and understandable commands

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 16
Materials required: Each player has a ball, 8 small ground markers, 4 cones
Field size: The distances can be varied

This drill is also great to do as a competition