EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Dribble the ball 5 yards and turn (U9 activity)

BALL CONTROL 3

Dribble the ball 5 yards and turn

TURNING SQUARE

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

Set up a 6 x 6 yards area with a cone on each corner. Put a 1 x 1 yard square in the centre. Place a player with a ball on each outer cone.

When you say go, players dribble from the outer cone to the nearest inner cone, turn and dribble back to the starting point.

Suggest that rightfooted players use a hook turn (see page 84) with the outside of the foot to go round the cone, and left-footers use the inside of the foot, but give them free reign to get around the cone the best way they can at first.

The point of turning as they dribble is the hard part. Some players may want to stop the ball before they turn. This is okay as it helps their confidence to make the turn.

How many players do I need?

This activity needs at least four players, but you can line up players on each corner.

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