It's the bit we all love to see over and over again. A great player gets nutmegged or left behind when the ball is swiftly moved from one foot to the other. Attacking excitement is built on this kind of play – but do you allow your players time to master the skill? MORE
Dribble 3 yards, stop and pass 3 yards (U8 activity)
BALL CONTROL 4
Dribble 3 yards, stop and pass 3 yards
SQUARE FULL STOPS
“Touch the ball to move forward” • “Stop the ball in the square with the sole of your foot” • “Pass to a team mate”
Place two single cones 7 yards apart and mark out a 1 x 1 yard cone square in between them. Stand two players by each end cone and give one player a ball.
When you say “go”, the first player dribbles to the square and stops the ball.
When the ball is motionless, the player passes to the opposite end cone and then runs to that cone.
The first player on the cone stops the ball and then repeats the dribble-stop-pass sequence in the opposite direction.
Make sure the players are using the correct techniques when they are dribbling, stopping and passing the ball and try to get them to speed up once they have done it a few times.
Keep your eye on the stopping ball part of the activity as this will cause most problems for the players.
How many players do I need?
Players work in fours in the activity so they can stop and watch their team mates and learn from them.