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Dribble the ball 10 yards with one complete turn (U11 activity)

BALL CONTROL 3

Dribble the ball 10 yards with one complete turn

TURNING SQUARE

“Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Look up to see where the cone is” • “Look up often as you dribble” • “Turn around the cone using the outside of your foot”

Set up a 15 x 15 yards area with a cone on each corner and a 1 x 1 yard cone square in the centre. Put a player with a ball on each of the outer cones.

When you say “go”, the players dribble to the centre square, turn around the nearest cone and dribble back to their starting point.

Right-footed players can use a hook turn with the outside of the foot to get round the cone, and leftfooters can use the inside of the foot. However, give them free reign to get around the cone the best way they can at first; just ask them to try and keep the ball close to their feet.

Some players may want to stop the ball before they turn. This is okay as it helps their confidence to make the turn – you will find that turning technique will gradually get better during the season.

How many players do I need?

This activity needs at least four players with a player on each corner.

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