for soccer players aged 6 and up
"soccer marbles" drill develops both defensive and offensive skills.
The defenders learn how to protect open space and turn with the
football. The attacking players learn how to dribble, turn and perform
evasive manoeuvres while running with the ball. Because the players
take turns in each position, they develop a well-rounded skill set.
This drill is for three players. Mark off a 10-by-10-yard area with cones.
You'll need a stopwatch to record each attacking player's time.
Give each player a ball -- two players start off as
defenders and the third as an attacker.
The attacker dribbles the ball around the space, trying to keep it
away from the two defenders. The defenders try to be the first to hit the
attacker's ball with their own ball. When a defender hits the attacker's
ball, the players rotate positions.
The coach times how long each player is in the attacker role. The player
to last the longest, without getting their ball hit by the defenders, is
When dribbling, attackers should try to
glance up and around between touches.
Defenders should try to get close to the
attacking player before attempting hit their ball.
Attackers should practice frequent turning
and changing direction.
After a few rounds of this drill, try the following for 10 minutes or so:
The attacker must still dribble the ball,
but the defenders can carry the ball and roll it at the attacker's ball
-- increasing the challenge for the attacker.
Next, have the attacker focus on defensive
shielding and positioning techniques. The attacker should work on
shielding the ball by positioning their body between the defenders and
This drill teaches attackers to be aware of their surroundings while
finding an attacking space. At the same time, the defenders practice
following the attacker and reading their movements. Use this drill to
increase coordination and teach players to think fast on their feet.