Gate soccer drill for passing turning and dribbling skills

This is a simple soccer drill to set up, which allows players to practise passing, dribbling and turning techniques. Its simplicity makes it a versatile drill that lets you watch your players develop techniques, experiment with their play and try out new skills.

Soccer drill set up

  • This soccer drill focuses players on passing quickly to an open player, then dribbling into the space created.

  • For the warm-up session, divide the players into two teams. Each team takes a turn to see which of its players can dribble through the most gates in 30 seconds.
  • That team then rests while the other team goes.
  • Each team will have one winning player on each turn.

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Running the drill

  • One team starts in the gates, the other team starts with a ball each. The players must dribble around and make one-twos or overlaps using the players in the gates. The players must communicate their actions.

  • Now the players dribble around and pass to the player in the gate and take their place. The players must call “turn” to let their team mate know they have space to turn into.

Finally, use the gates to run a series of games.

Dribble game – the teams compete to score the most goals by dribbling through a gate.

Pass game – the teams compete to score the most goals by passing through a gate to a team-mate.

Dribble v pass – one team has to dribble to score, one team has to pass to score.

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