Trapping with Passive Opposition

This soccer trapping drill focus on trapping and control with the addition of a passive defender. The defender causes the receiving player to be more aware of their surroundings.

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Soccer Trapping Drill


Set up players into groups of three. One server, one receiver working on control and trapping, and one player as a passive defender. Server is 10 yards from the receiver and defender.


The server plays a ball into the receiving player. The passive defender stands close enough to touch the receiving player and tries to distract the receiving player. The passive defender should not attempt to win the ball at this point. The server should play to chest, thigh, or feed at speficied by the coach. Serves to the chest and thigh should be thrown, and trapping with the feet should be served by the feet.

After the ball is trapped and under control, play back to the server and repeat.

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  • Allow the defender to apply minimal pressure.
  • Increase defensive pressure

Coaching Points

How to Trap with the Chest
How to Trap with the Thigh
How to Trap with the Inside of the foot
How to Trap with the Outside of the Foot
How to Trap with the Instep of the Foot
How to Trap with the Sole of the Foot

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

Soccer Drill Focus

Soccer Drill Titled: Trapping with Passive Opposition
Tagged: Soccer Trapping Drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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