This is a great skill for attacking the penalty area with defenders alongside or in front and a change of direction is needed. Think Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Watch the video from Coerver Coaching’s ‘Make Your Move’ DVD MORE
Better than one direction
Being able to keep control of the ball while changing direction when dribbling is an important skill that players must use in matches, especially when trying to beat or avoid a defender.
What this session is about
- Improving dribbling skills and close control.
- Improving ball familiarity and touch.
- Changing direction with the ball.
What to think about
- Keep the ball within playing distance.
- Use the inside and outside of both feet, and use skills such as cuts, rollovers, etc. if confident.
- Take quick, small steps.
- Start to dribble with their head up as they improve.
- Get the technique right first, add speed later.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10-15 minutes||10 minutes||15 minutes||10 minutes||10-15 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Mark out a line with eight pyramid cones and use four players (two at each end), as shown in the top picture.
Player A dribbles the ball in and out of the cones without touching them, and finishes with a pass to player B at the opposite end, who repeats the drill in the opposite direction, passing to player C and so on.
To progress, vary the distances between each cone, to encourage tighter close control.
Use four players and set up a diamond shape with disc cones, as shown in the middle picture.
One player starts in each corner. The drill starts with player A dribbling a ball to player C, changing direction to dribble to D then changing direction again and dribbling towards B and passing to him.
Every time a player is dribbled past, they must run to the unoccupied corner.
B then passes the ball across to C and runs to the unoccupied corner, while he is replaced by A. C then starts dribbling to repeat the drill.
This exercise teaches players how to change the path of their run while dribbling with the ball.
Play 4v4 in a 30-yard square with five cone gate goals placed in random parts of the area.
Teams score a point when one of their players dribbles through a gate goal.
Players take dribble-ins instead of throw-ins when the ball leaves the area.
The team that scores most points wins.