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Soccer drill procedure

In soccer training, the rule of thumb is only practice in small groups! Make several small groups and integra, you can still train extensively even with a large group.

Often, the coach has to deal with many players all by himself. Spread across a field, it quickly becomes a problem to problem to practice in small groups. With this drill, you should have everything under control and still be able to have a very intensive one-on-one training.


Make two lines at opposite ends, which can be marked by cones or field lines. Choose two players to take a ball and move to the center of the practice area between the two lines, facing each other so that each player has one end line behind them. When the coach gives the signal, the players pass the ball to each other as accurately as possible. When the coach gives the next signal, the player with the ball should dribble the ball forward and attempt to dribble past the opposite end line while other player tries to prevent this. Now there are several possibilities: the dribbling player reaches his goal, the defender steals the ball and dribbles towards his line, or the two players simply fight over the ball for a long time. The coach can then end the drill at any time by signaling.

One variation I almost forgot: if the ball gets away from the player or leaves the practice field, the drill is over.

One more thing: smart players use confusion to dribble around the other team's players, you can see how the player in our animation takes advantage of that.


- Different passing techniques
- The coach counts the time down out loud until the end of the drill (for example, 10 seconds)
- Competition! Each time a player reaches the endline, the player scores one point

Soccer coach tips

- Encourage aggressive defence
- Variation of distances

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: ?
Materials required: Endlines or markers, one ball per pair
Field size: The smaller the practice area, the harder it is.

The rule of thumb is only practice in small groups