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Dribble with confidence

Get your players to feel more comfortable when dribbling the ball, which will help their attacking play and improve their confidence.

What this session is about

  1. Improving dribbling skills and close control
  2. Improving ball familiarity and touch

What to think about

Players must:

  • Keep the ball within playing distance.
  • Use the inside and outside of both feet.
  • Take quick, small steps.
  • Dribble with their head up as they improve.
  • Concentrate on technique first, then speed up later.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up a 20-yard square with two players on each corner. Place one cone in the middle and three cones in a diagonal line leading to the middle cone from each corner.

A player on a corner (A) passes down the square to the player opposite him (B). Player B then dribbles across the square to the corner diagonally opposite him. Player A runs down the line he passed and replaces B at that corner. The next two players repeat the activity – but there must only be two balls in play at one time.

Variation: Players dribble to the centre cone then dribble to where the pass came from.

Players A pass down the line to players B then run down the line. Players B dribble the ball through the cones to the opposite corners.

Players A pass down the line to players B then run down the line. Players B dribble the ball through the cones to the opposite corners.


Development

Set up a 20-yard square with a 5-yard central strip across the middle to create two zones. Two teams of four, each with a ball, start in opposite zones.

Each player dribbles their ball around this zone but on your call they dribble through the central strip to the opposite zone without bumping into an opponent.

Award a point to the team that gets all four players across the fastest.

Variation: Put some pyramid cones in the strip to provide further obstacles to dribble around.

Players dribble from their zone through the central strip to the opposite zone without bumping into each other.

Players dribble from their zone through the central strip to the opposite zone without bumping into each other.


Game situation

Play 4v4 on a 30-yard square. Place five coned 2-yard “goals” around the square. Teams score a goal by dribbling through the gate and retaining control of the ball.

Play 4v4. Players score a goal by dribbling through one of the 2-yard coned gates.

Play 4v4. Players score a goal by dribbling through one of the 2-yard coned gates.


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