Dribbling Drills (Footwork With The Ball)

Dribbling in soccer is a skill that all players need. Modern central defenders are expected to dribble the ball out from the back.

This collection of dribbling drills is packed with different drills for you to practice with your team, and train at home for years to come.

Try to dribble with both feet and aim to be able to dribble without looking at the ball.

Soccer Player Dribbling Around Cones
Soccer Player Dribbling Around Cones ○ Soccer Blade
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Dribbling and Footwork Drills (With The Ball)

Dribble to Pass: Soccer Drill

Description:  Players dribble through a series of cones and then pass the ball to the next player in line. 

Drill Set-up:

  • Set up 10 cones in a line. 
  • The cones should be 1.5 to 2 meters apart. 
  • On each end of the line of cones, set another cone 5-7 meters away. 
  • Repeat this setup to create multiple groups if you have a lot of players. 
  • 2-3 players will line up behind the cone on each end of the line of cones. 
  • Give the ball to the first player in line. 
Dribble To Pass Soccer Drill Soccerblade.com
Dribble To Pass Soccer Drill Soccerblade.com

Drill Instructions:

  1. The first player dribbles through the line of cones. 
  2. Once they complete the line of cones, the player then passes the ball to the next player in line who is at the cone 5-7 yards away. 
  3. The second player should receive the ball and then dribble through the line of cones. 
  4. Create different dribbling rules (right foot, left foot, inside-outside, stepovers, etc).
  5. Focus on dribbling and passing technique, picking the eyes up, and being ready in line. 
  6. Extend the distance of the pass for older/ advanced kids. 
  7. Make the game competitive by having multiple groups compete to see who can have all players go twice. If you only have one group, turn it into a race against the clock.

Dribble to Sprint Square: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Dribble to Sprint Square 
  • Session Length: 3 to 5 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 (set up multiple grids for more players)
  • Skills learned: Sprinting, dribbling, conditioning
  • Equipment: 4 cones, 1 ball

Drill Setup

  • Create a 4-cone square grid with each cone placed 10 yards apart.
  • Place 1 ball in the center of the grid.
  • This drill works best with 1 player but 2 can participate at the same time as long as they work in opposite directions. 
  • Set up multiple grids for each player or grid.
  • This drill works well in conjunction with another team-based drill, ensuring all players are active. 
Dribble To Sprint Square
Dribble To Sprint Square

Drill Instructions

  1. Ensure all players undergo a thorough warmup before all conditioning drills to avoid injury.
  2. P1 starts with the ball at their feet in the center of the grid.
  3. P1 dribbles toward, then around a cone before leaving the ball back in the center of the grid.
  4. As soon as they stop the ball in the center, P1 sprints to the opposite cone around it and then sprint to the center grid.
  5. P1 collects the ball, turns to their right, then dribbles to the next cone, repeating the entire process. 
  6. The focus of this drill is on speed, improving the players’ conditioning. However, they must also focus on technique, maintaining control of the ball at all times. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on the players’ left and right feet each round, ensuring they practice with both.
  • Count how many times each player completes a dribble and a sprint. Create a competition to see how many rounds players can complete. 

Dribbling & Shooting Technique: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Dribbling & Shooting Technique
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 
  • Skills learned: Dribbling, skill moves, shooting
  • Equipment: 2 cones, 1 ball (minimum), 1 goal

Drill Setup

  • Use the penalty box and the surrounding area for this drill.
  • Place 1 cone near the center on the edge of the penalty box. 
  • Place 1 cone 5 yards from the first, toward the centerfield. 
  • P1 stands at the furthest cone with the ball at their feet. 
  • If there are multiple balls available, place them between the 2 cones.
Dribbling And Shooting Technique
Dribbling And Shooting Technique

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts the drill by dribbling directly at the cone on the edge of the penalty box.
  2. At the cone, P1 shifts to the left or right before taking a shot on goal. 
  3. P1 should focus on shooting with good technique, picking their spot before shooting. 
  4. After shooting, P1 runs back to the starting position, collecting another ball on the way. 
  5. P1 completes the drill 10 times, takes a 1-minute break, then repeats the full routine 2 more times (3 in total).

Drill Variations

  • P1 should focus on shooting with both feet. 
  • P1 practices a skill move at the cone on the edge of the penalty box to simulate beating a defender.
  • To improve finishing accuracy, P1 should place cones on the goal line and aim for them. Alternatively, they can use a small goal.
  • Change the position of the cones to practice shooting from different angles. 

Freeze Tag: Soccer Drill

  • Age Range: 6-10
  • Length of Session: 10 mins
  • Number of Players: 6+
  • Skills to Learn: dribbling, keeping head up, ball control
  • Equipment: ball for each player, cones, pinnies

Description: One or two taggers try to tag the players dribbling around with the ball. Once tagged, a player is frozen until another player passes the ball between their legs to unfreeze them.

Drill Set-up:

  • Create a large square roughly 30 m X 30 m. Adjust the size based on the number of players. 
  • Put all players in the square. 
  • Select 1-3 taggers (depending on the size of the group).
  • Give the taggers a pinny to differentiate them. 
  • Give all non-taggers a ball. 
Freeze Tag Soccer Drill
Freeze Tag Soccer Drill

Drill Instructions:

  1. When you say go, the taggers will run around trying to tag those who are dribbling. 
  2. If a player is tagged, they “freeze.” The frozen player stands with their feet a bit wider than shoulder-width apart. They should raise their ball above their head. 
  3. A teammate can “unfreeze” a player by passing their ball between that player’s legs. 
  4. Once unfrozen, the player puts the ball down and begins dribbling again. 
  5. Play until the taggers freeze everyone, or for up to 2 minutes. 
  6. Switch taggers each round. 
  7. For younger kids, you can start without the ball as a warmup. 
  8. Older, more advanced kids, require the tagger to steal the ball instead of just tag. 

Pass Through the Gates: Soccer Drill

  • Age Range: 6-10
  • Length of Session: 10 mins 
  • Number of Players: any
  • Skills to Learn: passing, communication
  • Equipment: balls and cones, optional pinnies

Description: Players must pass the ball through a gate to their teammate to earn a point. 

Drill Set-up:

  • Set up a large space based on the number of players you have and their ages. 
  • Randomly place gates using cones. Gates should be about 3 meters. 
  • Give each player a partner.
  • Optional: use pinnies to distinguish groups. 
  • Each group of 2 gets 1 ball.
Pass Through The Gates Soccer Drill
Pass Through The Gates Soccer Drill

Drill Instructions:

  1. Kids must dribble around the area and pass through the gates to their partners. 
  2. Each successful pass through the gate earns one point. 
  3. Kids cannot go through the same gate twice in a row. 
  4. Challenge your players to see who gets the most passes in a set time or who can complete all gates first. 
  5. Keep each round to 60 seconds or less. 
  6. Challenge older players to use their weaker foot or complete the drill with smaller gates. 

Dribble, Turn, and Shoot: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Dribble, turn, and shoot
  • Session Length: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Number of players: 2 to 16
  • Skills learned: Dribbling, ball control, turning, skill moves, and finishing
  • Equipment: 5 cones (or agility poles), mannequin, 1 ball (minimum), and goal posts

Drill Setup

  • Set up the drill as shown in the graphic.
  • Place 1 cone near the center of the field. 
  • Place 1 cone 10 yards parallel to the first, toward the sideline. 
  • Place 2 more cones 10 yards from the first 2 just outside the penalty box. 
  • Place a mannequin on the edge of the penalty box, in the center of the goal. If you don’t have a mannequin, a cone will suffice. 
  • Set up full-size goalposts.
Dribble Turn And Shoot
Dribble Turn And Shoot

Drill Instructions

  1. The team lines up at the center field behind the cone. 1 player (P2) stands at the cone on the right side of the penalty box. 
  2. P1 starts the drill by dribbling at, then around the parallel cone toward the sideline. 
  3. After rounding the cone, P1 passes the ball to P2 and then takes its original position. 
  4. P2 dribbles at, then around the cone near the edge of the penalty box. 
  5. After rounding the cone, P2 dribbles at the mannequin and uses a skill move (e.g. step over) to go around it. 
  6. P2 has a 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper. 

Drill Variations

  • Switch to the opposite side of the field. 
  • Focus on the left and right-footed shooting. 
  • If there is no goalkeeper, use small goals to improve finishing accuracy.

Speed Dribbling: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Speed dribbling
  • Session Length: 5 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Dribbling quickly, dribbling over long distances, turning with the ball, fitness & conditioning
  • Equipment: 3 balls (minimum) per player, 3 cones

Drill Setup

  • The area between the edge of the penalty box and the halfway line is the perfect space for this drill. Alternatively, create a 35-yard grid. 
  • Place 1 cone on the corner of the penalty box, 1 on the other corner, and 1 on the center circle
  • Place multiple balls next to the cones positioned along the edge of the penalty box.
  • If there are enough players, divide teams into 2 groups. 
  • P1 and P2 start the drill at the penalty box cones. 
  • The rest of the players wait and watch until the round is over.
Speed Dribbling
Speed Dribbling

Drill Instructions

  1. On the coach’s signal, P1 and P2 dribble as quickly as they can toward the center circle. 
  2. The players should focus on taking big touches, and playing the ball ahead of themselves so they can move quickly. However, they must also maintain control of the ball. 
  3. When they reach the center circle or the cone on the halfway line, the players stop the ball dead.
  4. P1 and P2 then sprint back to the starting position and get a second ball. 
  5. Repeat the drill until each player has left 3 balls in the center. 
  6. When the round is over, return the balls to the starting point. 
  7. The next 2 attacking players begin the second round on the coach’s signal. 

Drill Variations

  • Create a competition between the groups to see who can complete each round the fastest. 
  • Focus on the right foot dribbling only for a round. 
  • Focus on left foot dribbling only for a round.
  • Limit the number of touches a player can take between the starting point and the center.

Basic Cone Weave: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Basic cone weave
  • Session Length: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Ball control, dribbling, turning with the ball
  • Equipment: 1 ball (minimum), 8 cones

Drill Setup

  • This drill requires a minimum 20-yard strip along the training field. 
  • Place 1 cone to indicate the starting point of the drill. 
  • Place 1 cone 5 yards from the first to indicate the starting point of the dribbling weave.
  • Place a further 5 cones 1 yard apart to complete the dribbling weave section. 
  • Place the final cone 5 yards from the end of the dribbling weave. 
  • All players line up behind P1 at the starting point. 
  • If there are 6 or more players, consider setting up an identical cone weave, and splitting the team into 2 groups. 
Basic Cone Weave
Basic Cone Weave

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts the drill by dribbling toward the cone weave. 
  2. P1 then dribbles the ball inside and out between the cones until the weave is complete. 
  3. P1 then dribbles around the final cone before completing the weave from the opposite side. 
  4. After rounding the last cone in the weave, P1 passes to P2 and rejoins the end of the line. 
  5. P2 repeats the drill. 
  6. Players should focus on ball control, ensuring they don’t lose possession or trip over the cones. 
  7. Round by round, increase the emphasis on speed. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on the right foot dribbling only for a round. 
  • Focus on left foot dribbling only for a round.
  • Focus on right-to-left dribbling for a round. 
  • Focus on left-to-right dribbling for a round.
  • Once the players are comfortable dribbling through the weave, create a competition to see which team or individual completes the drill fastest. Consider introducing time penalties for losing control of the ball.

Zig-Zag Dribbling: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Zig-Zag Dribbling
  • Session Length: 5 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Ball control, dribbling, turning, accelerating with the ball.
  • Equipment: 1 ball (minimum), 4 cones

Drill Setup

  • Set up the drill as shown in the graphic.
  • Create a zig-zag grid by placing 4 cones 10 yards apart in a lightning bolt formation.
  • All players line up behind P1 at the starting point. 
  • If there are 6 or more players, consider setting up an identical zig-zag grid, and splitting the team into 2 groups. 
Zig Zag Dribbling
Zig Zag Dribbling

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts the drill by dribbling at speed toward the second cone. 
  2. P1 decelerates and rounds the cone as quickly as possible before dribbling to the third cone. 
  3. Again, P1 decelerates and rounds the third cone before dribbling toward then around the final cone. 
  4. P1 repeats the drill from the opposite angle. 
  5. The focus should be on sharp but controlled turns. 
  6. Instruct players to trap the ball as they turn, avoiding it from running away from them. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on the right foot dribbling only for a round. 
  • Focus on left foot dribbling only for a round.
  • For advanced dribblers, instruct them to practice chopping the ball with their heel for a round.
  • Create a competition between teams or individuals to see who can complete the drill the quickest. Consider introducing time penalties for losing control of the ball.

Dribble Between the Squares: Soccer Drill

  • Age Range: 4-6
  • Length of Session: 5 mins
  • Number of Players: groups of 4
  • Skills to Learn: dribbling, ball handling 
  • Equipment: 8 cones and 4 balls for each group of 4

Description: Each child will dribble their ball from one square to the next and back using a variety of different dribbling tactics defined by the coach. 

Drill Set-up:

  • Set up two squares 10 meters apart with side lengths of 5 meters. 
  • Place 4 players in one square and give each player a ball. 
Dribble Between The Squares Soccer Drill
Dribble Between The Squares Soccer Drill ○ Soccer Blade

Drill Instructions:

  1. Instruct the players to dribble to the other square and back using different techniques. 
  2. Right foot only. 
  3. Left foot only. 
  4. Inside of the feet. 
  5. Outside of the feet. 
  6. Doing a particular move every few dribbles (stepover, cut, roll and touch, etc.)

Dribble Through Gates: Soccer Drill

  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Length of Session: 10 mins
  • Number of Players:  3-10
  • Skills to Learn: Ball control, keeping the head up while dribbling
  • Equipment: enough balls for each player and cones

Description; Randomly place gates that are approximately 3 meters wide. Kids will aim to dribble through each gate once or as many gates as possible in the set time. 

Drill Set-up:

  • Set up a large area around 30 meters by 30 meters (use a larger space for more kids)
  • Randomly set up 6-10 3m wide gates using cones
  • Give each kid a ball. 
Dribble Through Gates Soccer Drill Soccerblade.com
Dribble Through Gates Soccer Drill Soccerblade.com

Drill Instructions:

  1. Kids 4-6 can have more gates and larger gates to minimize collisions. 
  2. Give kids a set time and goal. For example, you can see who can get through the most gates in 60 seconds, or who can get through every gate first. 
  3. Make the drill more challenging for older players with restrictions, like right or left foot only. You could also require older kids to complete a move before dribbling through the gate. 

Advanced Dribbling: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Advanced Dribbling
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Ball control, dribbling, turning, skill moves.
  • Equipment: 1 ball (minimum), 18 cones, 2 mannequins, 4 agility poles

Drill Setup

  • Use the width of the training field for this drill.
  • Set up the drill as shown in the graphic.
  • The distance between each piece of equipment should be relative to the space you have. 
  • Ensure there are at least 5 yards between each 2-cone dribbling gate. 
  • If you don’t have a mannequin, use a cone, agility pole, or player. 
  • If you don’t have agility poles, use cones. 
  • All players line up behind P1 at the starting point. 
Advanced Dribbling
Advanced Dribbling

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts the drill by dribbling from the first cone to then around the second. 
  2. P1 then completes the cone weave before rounding the next cone. 
  3. P1 dribbles at the mannequin and completes a skill move (e.g. stepover) before dribbling around it.
  4. P1 then completes the zig-zag portion of the grid, focusing on controlled turns. 
  5. Taking large but controlled touches, P1 dribbles through the gates at speed before rounding the next cone. 
  6. P1 in and out between the agility cones, turning sharply and as close to the poles as possible. 
  7. P1 finishes the round by completing a skill move to beat the mannequin, then dribbling through the finishing line gates. 
  8. P2 then starts their round. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on controlled dribbling to start with no emphasis on speed. Once players are used to the route, increase the emphasis on speed. Allow the next player in line to start 5 seconds after the player ahead of them. 
  • Time all players and create a competition to see who can get the best time. 
  • Divide the team into 2 groups. Create competition by timing how long it takes for all players from each team to complete the drill. 
  • If you have time, run a best-of-3 time trial competition. 

Pass and Move Awareness: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Pass and move awareness drill
  • Session Length: 3 to 5 mins
  • Number of players: Minimum of 8 players broken into 4 groups
  • Skills learned: passing, quick movement, first touch, and awareness
  • Equipment: 4 cones, 2 balls

Drill Setup

  • Position 4 cones to create a tilted square. The 4 corners should be 10 yards apart from each other. 
  • Split the training squad into 4 even groups, with each group lining up at a separate cone. 
  • 3 to 4 players per group is optimal. There must be a minimum of 2 in each group.
Pass And Move Awareness
Pass And Move Awareness

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 and P3 start with the balls at their feet. 
  2. P1 plays a low, firm pass to P2. After playing the pass, the player jogs to the back of the line on their right. 
  3. Then, P3 passes the ball to P4. When the pass is played, the player joins the end of the line to their right. 
  4. P2 and P4 take one touch the control the ball, before playing a return pass to the next player in the group they received the ball from. 
  5. After playing the pass, the players jog to the back of the line to their right. 
  6. As the passing lanes intersect in the middle of the square, players must time their passes precisely to avoid the balls from accidentally colliding. 

Drill Variations

  • Introduce limits on the number of touches. Start out with no limits, then gradually reduce it to 2 touches. 
  • Instruct players to use their weaker foot for a certain number of passes. 
  • Set targets for successive completed passes.

Speed Ladder: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Speed ladder drills
  • Session Length: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Quick feet, balance, lateral movement, 
  • Equipment: 1-speed ladder (minimum) 

Drill Setup

  • This drill has several variations and takes place without a ball.
  • Set up a speed ladder along with the group in your training field. 
  • Place 1 cone 5 yards from one end of the ladder to indicate the starting point. 
  • If there are 6 or more players, set up another speed ladder grid and split the team into 2 groups. 
  • All players line up behind P1 at the starting point. 
Speed Ladder Drills
Speed Ladder Drills

Drill Instructions

  1. The coach sets a timer for between 1 and 2 minutes (depending on how much time you have).
  2. There are 4 rounds, covering a different variation each time.
  3. In round 1, P1 sprints to the ladder, then run through it, putting both feet through every square, one at a time.
  4. When P1 reaches the end of the ladder, they turn around and repeat from the opposite side.
  5. In round 2, P1 sprints to the ladder, then step laterally through it, putting both feet through every square, one at a time. Repeat from the opposite side.
  6. In round 3, P1 sprints to the ladder and then cross shuffles through it.
  7. P1 starts from one side, stepping into the ladder gap and then out on the opposite side. They follow the same pattern with their trailing foot, stepping into the ladder gap, then back outside the ladder. Repeat the drill from the opposite side. 
  8. In round 4, instruct players to repeat the movements from rounds 1 through 3 while facing backward.

Drill Variations

  • If there are enough players (8 minimum), set up 4-speed ladder grids and split the team into groups. Assign a different drill to each ladder and allow players to rotate through each grid. 
  • There are many alternative footwork variations so feel free to get creative. 
  • Create competition by timing how quickly players can get through the ladder.

Dual Station Footwork: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Dual Station Footwork
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 to 18
  • Skills learned: Ball control, dribbling, quick feet, turning
  • Equipment: 4 cones (minimum), 1 ball (Cruyff station), 1 ball per player outside Cruyff station 

Drill Setup

  • This drill consists of 2 stations. 
  • Set up the Cruyff turn station by creating an inverted square, placing cones 5 yards apart. 
  • The lateral movement station is simply an open space, large enough for whatever number of players you have to work with individually. Each player requires approximately 5 yards of space. 
  • If you have 10 or more players, consider setting up multiple Cruyff turn stations. 
Dual Station Footwork
Dual Station Footwork

Drill Instructions

  1. 2 players participate in the Cruyff drill at a time (left in the image below). 
  2. P1 starts at 1 cone with a ball, while P2 starts at another cone (can’t be the opposite cone to P1).
  3. P1 and P2 start at the same time by dribbling toward their opposite cones. They must use ball control and footwork to ensure they don’t collide as they cross paths.
  4. When they reach the opposite cone, P1 and P2 do a Cruyff turn then repeat the drill from the opposite side. 
  5. All other players (right side) have a ball each and work individually in the lateral movement space. 
  6. Each player takes 2 quick, short touches to then right then stop the ball. 
  7. They then roll the ball under their foot from right to left.
  8. They then repeat the steps from the opposite side. 
  9. Rotate player roles every minute. 

Drill Variations

  • Change the type of footwork drill in the lateral movement space to focus on other skills. Keepy-uppies, stepovers, and ball drag are good alternatives for this drill.

Receive Pass Drag Back: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Receive pass drag back
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: 10+
  • Number of players: 2 to 18
  • Skills learned: First touch, drag back, dribbling, ball control
  • Equipment: 2 cones (minimum), 1 ball (minimum)

Drill Setup

  • This drill requires players to work in pairs. 
  • For each pair, set up 2 cones 5 yards apart. 
  • Each player stands at a cone. 
  • P2 starts with the ball.
  • P1 starts behind their cone.
  • P1 is the main focus of the drill. 
  • P2 plays the role of a passer. 
Receive Pass Drag Back
Receive Pass Drag Back

Drill Instructions

  1. On the coach’s signal, P1 sprints in front of the cone and calls for the pass. 
  2. P2 passes the ball to the feet. 
  3. P1 takes a touch to control the ball, then drags the ball behind the cone, shuffles to the opposite side, and plays a return pass. 
  4. Repeat the drill for 1 to 2 minutes before alternating roles. 
  5. The focus is on moving backward, then sideways while maintaining control of the ball. 
  6. The cone represents a defender, so this drill also helps players practice receiving the ball under pressure. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on using both feet for a round. 
  • Focus on using the right foot for a round. 
  • Focus on using the left foot for a round.

Pass, Move, and Shuffle: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Pass, Move, and Shuffle
  • Age Group: All age groups
  • Session Length: 5 minutes
  • Number of players: minimum of 2 as players work in pairs
  • Skills learned: first touch, passing, and quick feet
  • Equipment: 2 cones, 1 ball per pair

Drill Setup

  • Each pair of players needs 2 cones. 
  • Place 2 cones approximately 5 yards apart to create the passing lane. 
  • Create separate passing lanes parallel to these cones for each pair of players. 
  • Each pair requires 1 ball.
Pass Move And Shuffle
Pass Move And Shuffle

Drill Instructions

  • P1 stands 1 yard to the right and behind the cone, with the ball at their feet.
  • P2 stands in a mirrored position, 1 yard to the left and behind the cone, waiting to receive a pass.
  • P1 plays a firm, right-footed pass along the ground to P2. 
  • P1 then shuffles to the left side of the cone and waits for the return pass.
  • P2 takes one touch to shift the ball from the left to the right side of the cone, before playing return pass to P1.
  • P2 then shuffles back to the left side of the cone. 
  • P1  takes one touch to shift the ball from the left to the right side of the cone, before passing it to P2 
  • In the first and second rounds, allow 3 touches. In the third and fourth rounds, allow only 2.

Drill Variations

  • Switch starting positions to focus on opposite foot passing.
  • Increase the distance between players to improve passing accuracy, control, and range. For this drill, the maximum distance between players should be 15 yards.

Agility Passing Weave: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Agility Passing Weave 
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 5 (minimum)
  • Skills learned: Sprinting, changing direction, back peddling, 1-touch passing
  • Equipment: 5 cones, 4 balls

Drill Setup

  • Create a square grid using cones positioned 5 to 10 yards apart. 
  • Place 1 cone 5 yards perpendicular to any corner of the grid to indicate the starting point. 
  • 4 players stand 5 yards outside each corner of the grid. Each of these players has a ball at their feet. 
  • P1 and any remaining players line up behind the starting cone.
Agility Passing Weave
Agility Passing Weave

Drill Instructions

  1. On the coach’s signal, P1 sprints to, then around the first cone and faces P2.
  2. P1 calls for the ball. 
  3. P2 plays a quick give-and-go pass with P1. 
  4. P1 sprints, then around the next cone, repeating the process until they complete the entire square grid. 
  5. The next player may begin when P1 reaches the second cone. 
  6. Rotate player roles occasionally, giving all players a chance to complete the drill.
  7. The focus of this drill is quick movements. Sharp turns to simulate getting free from a defender to receive a pass.
  8. Encourage players to be vocal, calling for a pass as they would in a real game scenario. 

Drill Variations

  • Focus on the players’ left and right feet each round, ensuring they practice with both.
  • Instead of a give-and-go pass, practice headers, volleys, or chest control.
  • Increase the passing distance for higher-skilled players.
  • Create competition by timing each player’s round.

Dribble Weave – Speed Ladder: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Dribble Weave – Speed Ladder
  • Session Length: 5 minutes
  • Age Group: all ages
  • Number of players: 1 
  • Skills learned: Dribbling, quick feet
  • Equipment: 4 cones, 1 ball, 1 speed ladder

Drill Setup

  • Place a speed ladder on the ground. 
  • Set up a 4-cone dribbling weave the same length as the ladder. 
  • P1 begins at one end of the cone weave.
Dribble Weave Speed Ladder
Dribble Weave Speed Ladder

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts by dribbling through the cone weave. 
  2. When they reach the end, P1 passes the ball lightly between the cone and the ladder from one end to the other. 
  3. As soon as they make the pass, P1 sprints through the speed ladder. 
  4. P1 then collects the ball and dribbles through the cone weave, repeating the drill again. 
  5. P1 completes the drill 10 times, takes a 1-minute break, then repeats the full routine 2 more times (3 in total).

Drill Variations

  • Focus on right foot dribbling only for some rotations. 
  • Focus on left foot dribbling only for some rotations.
  • Perform different movements through the speed ladder.

Multiskill Drill: Soccer Drill

Drill Outline

  • Drill Name: Multiskill Drill
  • Session Length: 10 minutes
  • Age Group: 7+
  • Number of players: 1 
  • Skills learned: Passing, dribbling, first touch, shooting
  • Equipment: 1 goal, 8 cones, 1 ball, 2 rebounding surfaces (wall, bench, fence)

Drill Setup

  • You need a grid of approximately 20 square yards for this drill. 
  • Set up the drill as shown in the graphic.
  • A mini goal works well for this drill or a small goal made from cones. 
  • The distance between the cone weave drill should be 2 yards, enabling the dribbler to move through it at speed. 
  • If you don’t have a wall or rebounding surface, skip the passing sections of the drill. 
  • P1 begins the drill at the starting cone with the ball at its feet. 
Multiskill
Multiskill

Drill Instructions

  1. P1 starts the drill by playing a one-two wall pass with themselves. 
  2. P1 then dribbles at speed through the cone weave, then around the next cone.
  3. At the next station, P1 rolls the ball through the narrow cone gate. 
  4. After rolling the ball, P1 sprints toward the cone to their left then check the run and recollects the ball. 
  5. P1 plays another one-two wall pass. 
  6. P1 takes 1 or 2 touches to get the ball under control, then takes a shot on goal. 
  7. P1 completes the entire drill 5 times, takes a 1-minute break, then repeats the full routine 2 more times (3 times in total).

Drill Variations

  • TIme each round and record the fastest ones. 
  • Focus on using both strong and weak feet for certain rounds. 
  • Increase the distance between the cones and stations to work on conditioning. 

Soccer Blade has more than 100 drills – for more go to our soccer drills page. If you need equipment for your soccer drills, check out our soccer equipment page.

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