Stuck in the mud

Start & organisation

  • All players start with a ball, except for one “tagger”
  • Players dribble around area and avoid being tagged. If they tagged, they stand still, legs apart, holding the ball in the air – they are “stuck”
  • Other players can dribble through the legs of “stuck” players to free them

Timings: 15-20 minutes
Pitch area: 15m x 20m (small field)
Other rules: N/A


  • Challenge the tagger to try and get all players stuck 
  • Players pass through “stuck” players rather than dribble through

What to look for

  • Are players keeping the ball away from the tagger?
  • Are players scanning to see who is “stuck”?
  • Are players in control of the ball when freeing “stuck” players?

What the coach can do

  • Encourage players to look for who is stuck
  • Positively praise those who are able to avoid getting tagged