There has been a lot of talk lately about the lack of dribblers in the top leagues around the world – which is why players like Neymar are so expensive. Ignore the parents shouts of GET RID and get your players dribbling. MORE
Sharpen up dribbling
Before players can hope to dribble past opponents they must first develop good technique for controlling the ball at close quarters when running.
What this session is about
- Being comfortable with the ball while running.
- Improving dribbling skills and close control.
- Improving ball familiarity and touch.
- Moving the ball from one foot to the other.
What to think about
- Keep ball within playing distance.
- Use inside and outside of both feet.
- To push ball between gaps get body outside the
- ball – use outside of foot nearest the cones.
- Take quick, small steps.
- As players improve get them to dribble with their head up.
- Technique first, speed late.
- 8 pyramid cones approx 0.5-1.0m apart.
- Players split into two groups, one group at each end of the line of cones.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10 minutes||20 minutes||10 minutes||7 minutes|
What you get your players to do
The 1st player from the 1st group dribbles in and out of the cones without touching them, and finishes with a pass to the 1st player from the 2nd group, who repeats the drill in the opposite direction.
Move the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th cones approx. 1-2m to the left to create a second line of cones.
Players again take it in turns to dribble though the 8 cones.
Repeat, but increase the speed of the dribble.
Play 4v4 in an area approx 30x30m with 5 “gates” (5 pairs of cones) on different parts of the area. Teams score points when one of their players dribbles through the gates.
What to call out
- “Keep the ball close”
- “Be light on your feet”
- “Head up”