Dribbling-Octagon with Quick Reactions

  • Organisation

    • 8 cones (4x red; 4x blue)

    Build a square, which marks the center of the field, with four red cones.

    Apply two cones to each lenght-side of the square to create an octagon.

  • Process

    Each of the five players receives a number and will dribble in the red square.

    The coach will give instructions about specific dribbling and control drills.

    On the coaches count, the player called out (e.g. Player 1) must dribble the ball around the blue cones and back with high tempo.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • force players to react quick

    • players should combine dribbling accuracy with high tempo dribbling

    Form of Variation:

    When the player reaches the blue cones outside the square, he should perform a quick but effective body feint and dribble back into the red square.

    Adding the body feint will make this drill even more game realistic.


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Dribbling, Ball control


Improving the ability to read the game


Speed of movement with ball


Quick processing, Quickness of reaction

Training Set:



Warm-up games


U14 - U19


10 min

Number of Players:

5 players

Form of Training:

Group training

Participating Players:

Forwards, Defenders, Midfielders



Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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