Dribbling is the key to unlocking an opponents defence creating space to score goals either by crossing to a team mate or shooting themselves. Beating a man with a quick drop of the shoulder or with tight control is fantastic to watch not only with the top players but also with your own players – but the skill takes practice. MORE
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
- Improving dribbling skills and close control
- Improving ball familiarity and touch
What to think about
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.