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Soccer training – Warm-Up - Number Distribution

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Soccer drill procedure

Players can’t just run around quietly on the pitch – they need to make themselves noticed. This is something that can be trained by means of drills where actions need to be completed when players call out. This drill is a good example of this. It keeps a large number of players moving at any one time, the next player having to run onto the training field a very short time after the player before him.


In the corners of a square, we have positioned groups of players. They alternate between groups of players who have a ball, and groups of players who do not. The action always alternated between groups with and without balls. A player without a ball runs into the training area and receives a ball which is passed to him. At the same time, the passing player calls out a number, or the colour of a cone marker gate. The player who received the pass dribbles through this gate, and the passing player joins a group without balls, and the pass receiver joins a group in a corner without balls. The next pair of players repeats the process immediately.


- There are always several players in the training area; reduce the time between plays
- Pass through the cone marker gate instead of dribbling through it

Soccer coach tips

- Correct errors individually

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training
Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: ?
Materials required: Enough balls, 8 pylones
Field size: The larger the field and the smaller the number of players, the more exhausting the drill becomes.

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