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Soccer Drills

A few quick and easy soccer drills for individuals and teams.

The Weave

A great drill is simply weaving in and out of a set of cones on the dribble. Put about 8 to 10 cones in a line about three yards apart and dribble in and out of the row of cones without touching or knocking over the cones. Also, try not to touch the ball too far away from the line of cones. Keep the ball close to you and don't dribble out away from the row of the cones.

When you have this down you can then vary the way that you dribble through the cones, just with the right foot and then just with the left foot, and then alternating feet, where you touch the ball to the left and then to the right as you weave through the cones, just with the inside of the feet, and so on, you can make up restrictions to put on yourself to try to improve a specific part of your dribbling technique.

If you don't have any cones, then get creative, see if you can dribble in and around the weeds in a soccer field. The aim is to avoid and dribble around any weeds that you see on the pitch.

Checking Back to the Ball

In pairs, one player with the ball the other 15 to 20 yards away. The player without the ball makes a run away from their teammate, 5 yards at a jog, and then sprints back to the teammate with the ball to receive a pass. The player who passes the ball should play the ball just as the other player turns back to the ball. Do this 10 times and then switch to passing the ball to the other foot.

One Verus One

In pairs, place a ball or a cone in the center of a space of about twenty yards around. Then the two players dual it out to see who can get by the other and play the ball into the cone. The player without the ball is not allowed to guard just the cone but must go out and challenge the other player. The defender must stand five yards away from the cone unless the attacker is challenging the goal.  This is a simple drill for players to practice their individual moves and work on tackling.

Six Versus Six

You'll need two goalkeepers for this drill. Use one half of the field and move one goal to the half line as play six on six. The the winning team stays on to play the next six players. Play for five to ten minutes or until one team scores two goals. This is a good competitive game that gets the players playing at a high intensity. If you want to make the game more intense then decrease the space the players have to work in and move the goals closer together.

You could also do this with one goal and one goalie by having one team trying to score on two small goals that are setup on each corner of the half line. This is a good drill to work on switching the attack and rotating on defense.


In a small square, or say the goal box for instance, play one and two touch possession. The first team to make ten passes in a row wins. You can also throw in one player who is all offense if you have uneven numbers. Get your players to focus on their first touch and where they are going to play the ball when they receive it. Start out playing two or three touch and then move to one touch. Later, as the game progresses, have the teams play towards one direction and score by stopping the ball on the line.

Practice Game Restrictions

When practicing or scrimmaging amongst your own team try to get your team to work on certain patterns, skills, or techniques by forcing them to complete these certain tasks before they can go to goal. For example, you could say the offensive team must make ten passes before they can go to goal, everyone must get a touch on the ball, they must complete two wall passes or two overlaps, or they have to score with a cross. Think of different things you want your team to work on and make those rules part of the game. What does the scrimmage look like when you tell your team they can only play with the weaker foot?

Possession with Help

In a square 30 by 30 divide into three teams of 4. The first two groups will be playing possession in the square while the odd group's members will each stand on one side of the square and act like outlets for the team who has possession in the center.

The team with possession of the ball can use the players standing on the side to keep possession, although the players on the side only have one touch. This is a good drill to practice keeping the ball moving from side to side and spreading the field. You can adjust the size of the square and increase the numbers of the teams playing in the center of the square if you choose. Once the players got the hang of it say that the first team to complete ten passes wins and stays on. Rotate the team on the side into the middle.

Man Marking

Play possession, 8 on 8 for example, where the players can only defend the player they have chosen to mark from the beginning. Each player should pair up with a player on the opposing team and this is the player they will defend throughout the game of possession. They can't tackle or take the ball from another player. This is a good drill to work on fitness, individual defending, just keeping up with the player you are defending, and of course possession soccer (keeping the ball). You'll be surprised how much a work out this is for the players as they try to chase that one player they're marking around the pitch.

Three Man Weave

Players in groups of there with one ball at their feet dribble up to the half way line, vertically, or from one side of the pitch to the other, horizontally, by passing the ball from one player to the next and following their pass.

The first player passes the ball out wide and then runs around that player and the second player plays the ball across to the next player and goes around that player, and so on.  The ball is played a little bit forward each time so players are moving up the field. Players should break towards the ball and not wait to receive it.  Always go to the ball and don't let it bounce, even if it's in the air – this is a good rule to follow for all drills. Start out doing a three man weave by passing the ball and then try dribbling the ball, doing take overs or exchanges with the other player as they move the ball up field.

Players should focus on their first touch, controling the ball out in front of them so they can make their next pass. Also, they should be aware of their body positioning, having the ball on the right foot when they are dribbling so the defender can't take the ball.

Later, play the ball in the air and play the ball at varying speeds. Try to do the three man weave with two or three touches and then just one touch.

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