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Sample Soccer Drills

Dribble Snake

  • Players in groups of 3 or 4 (Put similarly skilled players together)
  • One player is leader
  • Players follow the leader in zigzag paths within a designated space
  • Use inside of foot, instep, bottom of foot to move ball
  • Rotate leader


  • Look where you are going
  • Maintain control of ball







Simon Says

Choose one player or coach to be Simon
  • Simon demonstrates dribbling skills using the traditional “Simon Says …..”


  • Heads up to watch what Simon is doing
  • Listen to team mates/ coach
  • React to changing situations


Sharks And Fish
  • Set up a circle, the goal box, or some other space with designate edges
  • Two players are sharks (no ball), the rest are fish (one ball apiece)
  • Fish “swim” in tank”, dribbling their balls
  • Sharks try to kick fish’s balls out of area
  • When kicked out, fish retrieve ball
  • After performing some activity (ball touches, jumping jacks, counting to 10 backwards [have   fun here]) players return to circle  


  • Watch out for defenders (sharks)
  • Dribbling speed


Red Light / Green  Light

  • Each player has a ball
  • Line up on the baseline (even with the goal)
  • When coach turns back it’s a green light (players dribble toward half field)
  • When coach faces players it’s a red light (players must stop)
  • Player that fails to freeze returns to goal line or to previous position (at coaches discretion)
  • Drill is complete when players reach coach


  • Starting and Stopping
  • Ball control

Pairs Passing

  • Players pair up, One ball per pair
  • All players stay within a defined area (e.g. penalty box)
  • Players stay 5-10 yards apart
  • Players move around box (early practices, players may be stationary)
  • Players pass to each other


  • Watch for and avoid other pairs and balls
  • Make good passes, on the ground, to your team mate


Two Headed Monster

  • Players make a circle
  • Two players defend in the center – center players join hands
  • Outside player score one point for 5 consecutive passes
  • Two headed monster scores 2 points for clearing the ball outside of circle


  • Team work by players in the center
  • Passing and trapping by players on the outside of the circle









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1 V 1 To A 2-Sided Goal


  • Players  pair up
  • One player starts with the ball, the other player   defends
  • Dribble ball toward goal
  • Score on either side of goal
  • Swap offense to defense when possession        changes, or when one player scores a goal


  • Make a move on the defender
  • Transition from defense to offense (O to D) when ball changes possession








3 V 2 (W/Goalie)

  • 3 players on offense
  • 2 players on defense
  • Goalie plays for defense
  • Offense plays with a man          advantage, and attacks the goal



  • Take advantage of superior numbers by passing to the open player
  • Defense – One marks a player one splits the difference between the other two players









Cross To The Hat

  • Coach drops hat (or other target) about 7-8 yards from goal in center of goal
  • Players cross from side of field
  • Dribble ball forward and kick toward hat
  • Shooters start at top of penalty box
  • Shoot on goalie first time (no trapping)
  • Add a defender if appropriate to team skills


  • Game situation, know where to cross
  • Game situation, first time shot to goal









World Cup

  • Players are assigned pairs, each pair is assigned a nationality from world cup teams – try to make teams even (e.g. Team A is America [USA], Team B is Brazil, Team C is Chile, Team D is Denmark)
  • One “team” takes corner kicks
  • Other teams are trying to score goals
  • Keep score by team
  • Rotate corner kickers


  • Aggressive to ball
  • Shoot first time, directing ball toward goal
  • Quality corner kicks (7-8 yards from goal in center of goal)



 3 V 1

  • Three players in a rough square on offense
  • One player in the middle on defense
  • When the ball is passed, the opposite player must move into a “passing lane” – an open space where (s)he can receive the ball
  • Based on the ball position, offensive players must move to receive the ball.
  • Defender attempts to intercept.
  • When ball is intercepted the offensive player “at fault” moves into the center


  • Offensive players move into a passing lane to receive the ball
  • Defensive player anticipates passes and capitalizes on poor traps