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ZOMBIES! Fun Kids Soccer Drill for soccer coaches

Updated: Feb 1

This is a fun drill that gives the players a chance to work on their dribbling skills and turns. And it gives the parents/coaches a chance to act like a zombie!

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  • Set up a square field (30x30 yards).

  • Ask any parents/coaches standing around to join in. They will be the โ€œobstaclesโ€ for the children to avoid and will be walking around the square with their arms outstretched like a zombie, saying zombie things like โ€œBraiiinsssโ€ โ€œGraaaghhhโ€ โ€œChildreeennโ€ โ€œBananaaaaโ€ and other stupid things or just general grunting noises.

  • Each player has a ball and must dribble around the square avoiding the zombies.

  • If a player gets too close, zombies should lightly kick their ball so they will learn to keep closer control. Or slightly push/bump the player to test their control and balance under pressure.

  • Make sure players are looking around as they dribble and practice turns and changes of direction.


  • Players keep close ball control so zombies canโ€™t get the ball.

  • Use changes of direction to avoid the zombies.

  • Keep their heads up when they can to avoid other players and zombies.


#1 Make the area bigger or smaller depending on skill level/number of players plus the number of zombies.

#2 Make the zombies walk faster or slower depending on the level of players.

#3 If a player gets touched by a zombie they have to do 5 toe-taps and then they can continue dribbling.

Summary of โ€œZombiesโ€ :

  • Players must dribble around in a marked area and try not to get their ball kicked by one of the Zombies walking around!

  • Players should be using turns and keeping the ball on the outside of their body away from the Zombies

  • In the above image, the 4 yellow Zombies are walking around slowly providing a moving obstacle for the kids to dribble around or practice doing a turn to get away

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