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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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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Use a quick one-two instead of dribbling

It can be frustrating for you and your team when one player, who may be very good at dribbling, will not take the opportunity to pass past a player with a quick one-two and keeps losing the ball to a strong defender. Use the following soccer drill to coach more options when players are running […]

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Switching the ball soccer drill

The best teams switch the ball continuously, looking for space and probing the opposition's defence for an error. Use the following soccer coaching drill to get your players on the case.A match-winning strategy Get your team to keep the game flowing and split defences by swinging the ball from one side to the other to […]

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A triangle game to encourage dribbling shooting and defending

This game from Tony Carr, Academy Director, West Ham United, English Premier League, uses three players and aims to improve attack and defense skills while focusing on dribbling and shooting. Soccer coaching tips to boost skills Use this game to focus on individual soccer skills, such as dribbling, shooting and 1v1 attack and defend. You […]

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