EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Simple dribbling

Dribbling with the ball is a skill that must be mastered by all players. This session will help you teach your squad this simple, but vital, discipline.

What this session is about

  1. Dribbling the ball.
  2. Keeping close control.

What to think about

Players should:

  • Keep the ball within playing distance.
  • Use the inside and outside of both feet.
  • Take small, quick steps.
  • Dribble with their head up.
  • Try a trick – for example, a stepover – and a change of direction with a burst of speed.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a 30-yard diameter circle and put your players inside, each with a ball.

Choose one player to be a “tagger”. The tagger tries to tap the body of as many of the other players as he can in a minute, and must be in control of his ball when making a tag.

Once a player is tagged, that counts as a point for the tagger. Any player who dribbles his ball out of the circle is also considered tagged so the tagger earns another point.

Each player takes a turn at being the tagger, and the one with the most tags/points wins.

A “tagger” tries to tap as many players as possible while both retain close control of their ball.

A “tagger” tries to tap as many players as possible while both retain close control of their ball.


Development

Use a penalty area and put one defender on the penalty spot facing the goal, with the other players (attackers) on the goal line between the goal posts with a ball each, facing out.

On your signal, the attackers try to dribble over one of the other three lines that mark the edge of the penalty area.

The defender tries to win possession of a ball and score a goal, as shown in the middle picture.

The attacker who lost possession also becomes a defender and together they try to steal more balls.

Attackers who have reached the edge of the penalty area line up on the goal line and try to beat the defenders again.

The game continues until there’s only one attacker left, who is the winner.

Attackers try to dribble their ball out of the area without being tackled by the defender.

Attackers try to dribble their ball out of the area without being tackled by the defender.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a 30-yard square with five cone gate goals in random parts of the area, as shown in the bottom picture.

Teams score a point when one of their players dribbles through a gate goal. Encourage close control when a player is dribbling and the ability to shake off defenders.

Use more areas according to how many players you have. The team with most goals wins.

Teams combine to allow one of their players to dribble the ball through any cone gate goal.

Teams combine to allow one of their players to dribble the ball through any cone gate goal.


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