EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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

  1. Being comfortable with the ball while running.
  2. Improving dribbling skills and close control.
  3. Improving ball familiarity and touch.
  4. 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.

Set-up

  • 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 upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes10 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.

Players start by slaloming through a single line of cones.

Players start by slaloming through a single line of cones.


Development

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.

Increase the distance between cones and tighter turns are required.

Increase the distance between cones and tighter turns are required.


Game situation

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.

Score points by dribbling through a gate.

Score points by dribbling through a gate.


What to call out

  • “Keep the ball close”
  • “Be light on your feet”
  • “Head up”
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