Reaction, Acceleration, and Winning the Ball

This soccer drill focuses on reaction, acceleration and winning 50-50 balls. This is a great warm-up drill when focusing on fitness, reaction, or winning 50-50 balls.

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Reaction, Acceleration, and Winning the Ball, soccer fitness drill


In a fairly large grid, group players into groups of three. You will only need one ball per group of 3 players.


One player from each group will dribble around inside the grid while the other two players jog alongside the dribbler as to shadow him.

On the coaches command the player dribbling the ball must pass the ball 10 to 15 yards into space. All three players attempt to win the ball quickly and cleanly. Upon winning possession the player that won the ball now becomes the dribbler and awaits the coach’s command to repeat the drill.

You can make this drill into a competition and reward the player that wins the ball 5 times as the winner.  

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One variation to this drill is to have the players juggle rather than dribble and volley the ball away on the coach’s command.

Coaching Points

  • The players should always remain ready and react quickly to the pass.
  • Each player should battle for sole possession of the ball.

Drill Target Ages

  • U4, U-4, Under 4, 4 and Under
  • U5, U-5, Under 5, 5 and Under
  • U6, U-6, Under 6, 6 and Under
  • U7, U-7, Under 7, 7 and Under
  • U8, U-8, Under 8, 8 and Under
  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under

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Soccer Drill Titled: Reaction, Acceleration, and Winning the Ball
Tagged: Reaction, Acceleration, and Winning the Ball, soccer fitness drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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