EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Confidence on the ball

Try out this session if you want your players to be comfortable dribbling with the ball like Jack Wilshire, Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley, the emerging breed of new, skilful English footballers.

What this session is about

  1. Improving dribbling skills and close control.
  2. Improving ball familiarity and touch.
  3. Changing direction with the ball.

What to think about

Players must:

  • Keep the ball within playing distance.
  • Use the inside and outside of both feet.
  • Take quick, small steps.
  • As players improve get them to dribble with their head up.
  • Concentrate on technique before worrying about speed.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Divide a 20-yard square into four equal squares. Place a different coloured cone in the centre of each square. Place a player with a ball each in one square. On your call, players perform a skill you have matched with that colour (ie stepover, dragback, change of direction, outside of feet control, etc). Players change squares on your command.

  • To progress, hold up a cone of the same colour as the square you want the players to move to in order to encourage them to dribble with their heads up.
Players perform a different skill such as dragback, direction change, outside of foot control, stepover, etc.

Players perform a different skill such as dragback, direction change, outside of foot control, stepover, etc.


Development

Mark out a 10-yard square and put flags two yards out diagonally from each corner.

Four players dribble their ball around the square and when you call one player’s name, he dribbles around the nearest flag and back to you. All the other players follow him.

Variations include the other players dribbling around the flag directly opposite the one the named player goes to.

  • To progress place a different-coloured cone at each corner. This time, either call out that colour or hold up that coloured cone, and all players must dribble round the flag nearest that cone and back to you. Last one back to you is out and play until there is one player left – the winner.
Players dribble. When you call a name, that player dribbles round the nearest flag and back to you – followed by the other players.

Players dribble. When you call a name, that player dribbles round the nearest flag and back to you – followed by the other players.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a 30-yard square. Players score by dribbling the ball through one of five coned gates set up at various points in the square.

Play 4v4. Players score by dribbling through one of five coned gates.

Play 4v4. Players score by dribbling through one of five coned gates.


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