Dribbling

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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Win individual battles with “The One Show”

Try this game to encourage players to use their dribbling skills and help them to come out on top in one-on-one situations. Why use it Individual skills develop players so they can keep the ball when facing an opponent. If they have the ability to get past their opponent, they have eliminated them from the […]

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The George Best Game

This game is named after the late George Best – one of the most skilful players ever to grace the game. It is designed to encourage a quick passing style of play plus the freedom to dribble and run at defenders when in the final third. Age group: U8 – U14 Set up: create a […]

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Dribbling activity for under 7s

Line up four players behind a starting cone. Put a cone gate 2 yards in front and a cone goal 1 yard further on When you say “go” the first player in the line takes three touches to take the ball through the gate. Once through the gate, players can choose to shoot at the […]

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Dribbling game for U7s

Set up a 12 yard square area with a halfway line and a goal at one end. Split players into three groups of three. Number the players 1, 2 and 3 in each group. In their groups, players start in one half of the area passing the ball to each other. As they play, they are listening out for the coach to […]

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How often do you see players run in straight lines? Very rarely, there's always an opponent in the way. This means ball manipulation is vital for players moving with the ball. If they cannot turn, they will very likely lose the ball.

Get players to take turns

How often do you see players run in straight lines? Very rarely, there’s always an opponent in the way. This means ball manipulation is vital for players moving with the ball. If they cannot turn, they will very likely lose the ball.

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