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Soccer drill procedure

You have probably already recognized the “8”. This drill is very easy to carry out, but you should still take care. Avoid long waiting periods and make additional practice fields; some players dribble and dribble and dribble...

Ok, as a coach you can, of course, put an end to such endless dribbling.

Sometimes, coaches can be quite useful and don’t just stand around getting in the way ;-)


We’ll set up two cone goals, which are about 3.5 meters apart. Another cone goal is set up about 20 meters away. In one group, each player has a ball.

The starting player dribbles in an arc around the goal. The opposing player also runs in an arc around his goal; he doesn’t need a ball. The dribbler decides when this play will come to an end, by starting to dribble at speed out of the arch and towards the big cone goal. The player without the ball tries to stop the dribbler from passing through the goal.

Both players swap groups after this play.


- Both players dribble
- Both players run without a ball
- Dribbling at speed starts on the coach’s signal

Soccer coach tips

- Demand aggressive defense

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Materials required: Enough balls, six cone markers
Field size: Set up the small goals at about 3.5 meters, and the large goal about 20 meters away.

This drill is very easy to carry out