The dribbling soccer drills on this page aim to help you coach your players in running with the ball at their feet, beating players with their skill and pace. This is a core soccer skill and we look at the fine details of the techniques required to dribble like Messi or Gareth Bale. We have games and exercises to help your players become master dribblers.

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“Monster Tag” for 4-6 year olds

Improve the dribbling abilities of the youngest players in this fun “Monster Tag” game. Objective: to improve co-ordination, dribbling skills Age group: 4-6 Set up: create a playing area big enough for all your players to run around in. How to play: All the players are inside the grid and all but three have a […]

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7-player “surprise package” game

This fast and game-realistic training session sets up 1v1 attacking situations that will encourage your strikers to come up with a special finish. Why use it This is all about using skills around the penalty area to take defenders by surprise and create goalscoring opportunities. It uses quick combinations but relies on individual excellence and […]

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Use Hazard Work to help your players keep the ball

An explainer from David Clarke’s Soccer Tactics Made Simple. Hazard Work describes various quick turns, feints and disguises used to shake off a defender. A player would use hazard work when receiving a pass with a defender close behind. The player must then try to complete a turn or change of direction to race away. This can be done in several […]

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React With Speed

Train your players to run at opposition defenders with the ball, making it difficult for the defenders to either tackle or turn and chase Why use it One way to scare defenders at any level of the game is to run at them with the ball at speed. Even good defenders find it hard to […]

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Dribbling skills soccer drill with defender element

Young players are always keen to get the ball and run with it. When players arrive at my soccer training sessions and they see an open field in front of them, full of balls, off they go running and dribbling. Use this soccer drill to harness that enthusiasm but add defenders to make the drill […]

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Dribbling skills drill in a square

Younger players often just need to run around a square, keeping the ball close to their feet without any tackling. Use these soccer drills to get your youngsters used to having the ball so they're not just fly-kicking it up the pitch in any direction. This soccer drill session is all about being comfortable on […]

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Soccer drill to develop decision making skills

Playing soccer (football) is all about making split-second decisions in a team environment. Make the wrong decision and you put your team under pressure. Make the right decision and you can win the game. This soccer drill helps develop the decision-making skills of the player in possession. When you are using this soccer training drill, […]

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