Activity Card Football Technique 7-8 Gladiators

GLADIATORS (Football Technique)
Suitable for players aged 7-8 years


  1. Create an area up to 15m x 20m
  2. Set up a goal 3m in size with large or different coloured cones on each corner of the area (two 3m goals at either end of the area)
  3. Divide players into 2 teams of ‘gladiators’ and set them up at either end of the area behind the centre cones


  1. Team A start with a ball each and team B start without a ball
  2. Team A pass the ball to team B, follow their pass and then work as a defender. The team B ‘gladiator’ receiving the pass moves to receive the ball and tries to beat their opponent by performing a fake and dribbling through their target goals
  3. If the defending gladiator wins the ball they must try to dribble the ball through their target goals
  4. Players change roles after each turn (defending players become attackers and vice versa)


Intermediate: Specify one goal (left or right) that players must dribble through
Advanced: Two attackers vs. two defenders


  • Dribbling and changing direction with close ball control
  • Keeping head up for awareness of space and other players while dribbling
  • Using fakes and turns to beat a defender