EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Increase dribbling speed

Develop your players’ close control with this trio of drills that puts their technique to the test.

What this session is about

  1. Improving dribbling skills and close control.
  2. 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 head up.
  • Technique first, speed later.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Spread out 10 cones – five one colour, five another – inside a 10-yard square.

Place one pyramid cone two yards outside two opposite sides of the square. This is where teams will line up from.

Line up four players each with a ball at the pyramid cones and assign them one set of the five coloured cones. On your command, the first player in each line dribbles into the square with two objectives: To flip over the opposition’s coloured cones and flip back any of his own that have been flipped over.

However, every time he flips a cone over, he must dribble the ball to one of the outside pyramid cones before re-entering the square.

Each pair has 30 seconds to flip over as many as possible then they dribble back to their outside cone and the next player goes.

After every player has had their turn, the winning team is the one with most cones the right way up.

Set up multiple squares if you have a big squad.

Players have 30 seconds to dribble into the square and flip over opposing cones or flip back their own.

Players have 30 seconds to dribble into the square and flip over opposing cones or flip back their own.


Development

In a 20-yard square, set up six two-yard coloured cone gates: Two red, two green and two blue. Two yards outside the square, place a red, blue and green cone. This is where the teams will start.

Have three teams (red, green and blue) wait at the single cone, each player with a ball.

On your call, the first player from each team dribbles through a sequence of gates, always starting with their own colour, such as blue, red, green – then dribble back to their team before tagging the next player in line to have his turn.

The first team to complete the course wins.

Players dribble through a coloured cone gate sequence always starting with their own colour.

Players dribble through a coloured cone gate sequence always starting with their own colour.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a 30-yard square containing six twoyard coned gates. Teams score points by dribbling the ball through the gates. The team with the most points wins. Switch teams if one dominates.

Teams score by dribbling the ball through two-yard coned gates.

Teams score by dribbling the ball through two-yard coned gates.


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