If you want your players to beat defenders with style, run this session. Getting young players to dribble and beat their opponent in 1v1 situations is vital to getting behind the opposition defence and creating goalscoring chances. MORE
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
- 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.
- Take quick, small steps.
- As players improve get them to dribble with their head up.
- Concentrate on technique before worrying about speed.
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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.
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.
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.