Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

Previous exerciseCounter-Dribbling

Soccer drill procedure

A perhaps well known drill with a different implementation. We include the goalie in the practice routine. He will open the counterattack. Another uniqueness is, that the first passer later belongs to the defending team, because by quickly taking part in the variation of the routine, he can prevent a power play. Accordingly fast the attackers have to try to create a counter attack, in order to exploit their superior numbers.


Three players of a team are positioned at the center of the drill. Two players from the opposing team, are placed there as well. At the beginning of the drill the players look toward the direction of the goal. The third player of the team brings the ball into play with a pass to the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper has to open the counter attack as fast as possible and passes to a player whose team still positioned in the exercise center, is in the majority. The goal is to dribble past one of the two lateral goals, marked by two cones, as fast as possible. This can be done directly or after passing. If the defending team intercepts the ball, they should then immediately try to look to create their own shot on the large goal. The exercise can be carried out by more than two groups. Then, after a play is run, positions are swapped.


- The goalkeeper throws or rolls the ball
- Before a cone goal is dribbled passed, at least one pass has to take place.
- Two groups of four play against each other

Soccer coach tips

- Players must move in order to be passed to by the goalkeeper

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6 + goalie
Maximum group size: 12 + goalie
Materials required: 1 balls, 4 cones, one goal
Field size: According to group’s ability