EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

6 ways to get your players dribbling

Dribblers are thriving in the Premier League. Just look at the success of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha – their movement with the ball at their feet takes defenders out of the game and creates scoring opportunities for themselves and team mates. And this is something you can encourage your players to do.

To start with you need to focus on your players’ technique to get them comfortable with dribbling the ball. Try Dribble and shoot, which is a simple but excellent session that gives players an end product for their dribbling – a shot at goal. You can move the session on by playing Three ways to win – a fun game that has dribbling and shooting as its main themes.

Once players have got an idea of what dribbling is all about try the Dribbling game. Dribbling into the penalty area is a great way to open up a team and challenge the defenders to stop you getting past them.

There are dribbling skills activities and games at every youth age group in my Skills Curriculum. Check out the Dribbling activity for Under 7s and see if your young players can attempt the skills involved.Then play the Dribbling game for Under 7s to cement the technique in young brains.

Finally use the game Passion fruit for a competitive session that puts dribbling at the heart of winning the game – a great way to end any training night and one that gives the coach the chance to see if all the skills work.

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