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
This session looks at the options that are available to a player who dribbles inside from the wing. Moving inside is important in making wing play unpredictable and unsettling the full back.
What this session is about
If a wide player has the ability to beat defenders on both sides (outside or inside like Ronaldo or Messi) this is very hard to defend against. Barcelona have developed a unique system of playing wide players on the opposite side of the pitch to exploit this.
What to think about
This session really comes alive when defenders are added in the development.
In particular, players should notice that when the wide player dribbles inside they will often be followed by the full back. This creates space for a midfielder or full back on the attacking team to get into the space they leave in order to put in a cross.
If the full back does not follow inside the wide player has a chance to pass or shoot.
• Half a pitch (can be mini soccer for u6-10 or full size for u11-seniors).
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What you get your players to do
Practice 1 – the attacker receives the ball and dribbles down the line before cutting inside quickly and dribbling to a shooting position.
Practice 2 – the attacker receives the ball and cuts inside immediately, now a forward must make a run across the defence in order to receive a pass and shoot at goal.
Practice 3 – an overlapping full back or midfielder uses the space made by the attacker coming inside. The overlapping player receives a pass and crosses for the attacker (who has continued their run into the box) or forward to score a goal.
Add two defenders (one full back and one centre back) to the practice. Allow the attackers to make their own decisions on which of the three practices they should complete on each turn.
Play a normal game. To encourage wide players coming inside you can do two things:
- Play right footers on the left and left footers on the right of the field (Barcelona).
- Award double points for any goals that are scored in the same way as the practices.
What to call out
- “Be direct”
- “Come inside at pace”
- “Can you shoot?”
- “Can you combine with team mates?”