If you want your players to beat defenders with style, run this session. Getting young players to dribble and beat their opponent in 1v1 situations is vital to getting behind the opposition defence and creating goalscoring chances. MORE
This is an easy-to-play tag game that encourages youngsters to dribble the ball and turn away from defenders. It can be used a warm-up or as part of a session on dribbling or just for fun!
Age group: 3-8
Set up: create a square playing area large enough for your players to move around in comfortably but not so big that the taggers will have trouble catching them. Twelve 5-year-olds will need something like a 20×20 yard space.
Every player has a ball except a team of two or three players who are the taggers.
How to play: Players dribble their ball around while the taggers try to tag them.
When players are tagged, they are frozen and must pick their ball up and hold it above their head shouting ‘HELP!’ as loudly as they can.
A player can only be unfrozen by another player who passes their ball between the frozen player’s legs.