Soccer coaching game for passing ball control and dribbling

Try this soccer drill, it is a great warm-up to get players ready for 1v1s in matches.

How to set it up

  • Arrange your players into two groups – one in front of you, another directly behind.
  • Each group should be about 15 yards away.

Getting started

  • Each player makes a pass to you. You make a return pass and the player dribbles out.
  • The player passes to the next passer and joins the back of the other queue.
  • You then turn to receive a pass coming from the other direction, and so on.
  • You can experiment with various return passes – a ball along the ground, a bouncing pass, or an aerial loop.
  • The players must adjust to the serve, control the ball to the floor, then dribble out.

Why this works

  • This is a short move that tests control and gets players on the move. You’ll be looking for individuals to adjust their feet and body shape in order to receive your served pass.
  • They have to concentrate on the ball, show a soft touch and be able to progress quickly and efficiently across the playing area, so this move tests all of the elements that they will encounter in a standard match.

This formation advice is taken from The Ultimate Soccer Warm-Ups Manual.

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