Technical Team Relay with Finishing

By Daniel Severn

Team competitions are always fun. They demand each player to work to their maximum effort as they represent their team. This technical relay race will focus on techniques of dribbling the ball and ends with the player shooting.

Set Up and Directions
The exercise is set up as shown below. We have 3 players representing each team, Yellow and Black. Player one begins at the end line of the field, with a ball at his feet. Player one has a line of small cones in front of him. Player two waits behind the tall cones, which are placed in a zig-zag formation, diagonal from each other. Player three waits behind a ladder; this is the player that will finish the relay by taking a shot.

Player one will complete his station before passing the ball to the player at station two, who in turn completes his station and passes to player three; who completes his station beats the flag and takes a shot to finish.

Technique - Team Relay w Finishing 1

Station one – Dribble through the cones using the inside of feet only.

Station two – Dribble through the cones using the sole of feet only.

Station three – Pass the ball towards the end of the ladder, perform quick feet movements through the ladder and collect the ball again at the end.

When completing station three, the player must make a move and take a touch to either side of the flag and shoot as quickly as possible.

Technique - Team Relay w Finishing 2

Above we see player one and two have finished their stations and have returned to the beginning, player three is in the process of taking his shot (yellow team).

This game will be played in high tempo bursts. Playing through from the first whistle until a player takes a shot.
A way to extend the game is by having the players rotate with every shot, the first team to get all players back into the same starting positions wins.

You can vary/change each station. You could even change the techniques used to get through each station.

  1. Add in stations to accommodate for more players.
  2. I hope you enjoy the exercise!

Program Director
BRASA Brazilian Soccer Academy

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Jon says September 24, 2013

Looks like a fun drill that can keep moving at a good pace. I just started incorporating ladders in my circuits and our U10 girls team loves it. I will definitely add this to the repertoire. Great stuff!!!

Leo valles says May 7, 2015

Great drill , I use ladders with my U12 boys. Keeps them very active. And gives me great results Playing championship game on may 16 El campo soccer league. Tx. Thanks

m m mola says July 21, 2015

this is not real shooting drill> This is not real soccer Training. I will never including these marks and coins and ladders in side the training Area, these Tools should be outside the training area.I am Sorry this is my Philosophy.

Wedson Nyirenda says August 29, 2015

I like it. Having fun while working on many aspects.

Stets says September 4, 2015

This does not represent real life match and therefore no game resistance. Otherwise known as the isolated approach because it removes realism out of a real game situation.

Haroon Lachporia says June 26, 2020

when you speak about intensity. Would you say that it would depend on which part of the season you are in.

Mohammed says December 11, 2022

Thank you very nice exercise, I also need any book that carries such kind of exercises

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