Wide pitch soccer drill to work on dribbling skills

One of the things about dribblers is that they need a bit of space to get the ball, and that is often on the wing. When you want a match-like soccer training session that forces the ball wide to your dribbling wingers, set up a small-sided game but change the elements.

In this case the game is played on a wide pitch, which is short in length. The dimensions encourage shooting and wide play. Your dribblers will be tempted to run with the ball because the pitch is short and they can see the goal and get a shot in.

Small-sided soccer game with different pitch dimensions to get wingers dribbling

Set up the game

  • Tell your players to use the full width of the pitch to get maximum benefit from this game.

  • Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum).
  • Place the goals on the longer touchlines, making the pitch wide.
  • Two teams of four players.
  • Two keepers.
  • No offside.

If the ball leaves play, you have a few re-start options:

  • The coach passes a new ball onto the pitch.

  • The players take a roll in.
  • The players take a throw in.
  • The players make a pass in.
  • The players dribble in.

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