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Long distance dribbling

Running with the ball is the technique players can use when there’s open grass in front of them and they want to exploit that space. Modern exponents of the art include Wales winger Gareth Bale.

What this session is about

  1. Moving quickly with the ball over longer distances.
  2. Attacking space.

What to think about

Players who want to dribble the ball great distances must:

  • Use the first touch to push ball well out in front.
  • Use the laces to push the ball.
  • Run quickly in a straight line and use an unbroken stride.
  • Take as few touches as possible. For example, three touches over 30 yards.
  • Have the head up to assess options.
  • Play an accurate and composed pass/cross/ shot.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with two cone goals on the centre line as shown in the top picture.

One group works in one channel and the other group works in the other channel. Both work at the same time.

Now split the players into two teams using bibs. Players stand between opposition players in each queue, i.e. the first line begins with a black player then a white (five players in total), while the other line begins with a white player then a black (three players in total).

The first player in each group runs with the ball before passing it through the cone gate at the end to the next player in the opposite line, who repeats the drill.

Each player tries to overtake the opponent in front, while avoiding being overtaken by the opponent behind. The first player to overtake an opponent scores a point for their team.

Teams race each other by dribbling with the ball along each side of the area, passing to a team mate through cone goals at each end.

Teams race each other by dribbling with the ball along each side of the area, passing to a team mate through cone goals at each end.


Development

Add a zone at each end of the area and remove the cone gates.

Play 3v1 in one end zone and 2v1 in the other. Play starts with the 3v1. The three attackers have to pass the ball five times among themselves, without it being intercepted or going out of the area, before one of them can break from the end zone and run with the ball into the other end zone.

Once there, the three attackers again attempt to complete five passes before one of them can run with the ball back to the first end zone. Only the attacker with the ball is allowed in the middle zone.

After five passes in a 3v1, an attacker dribbles through the area to create another 3v1 at the opposite end zone.

After five passes in a 3v1, an attacker dribbles through the area to create another 3v1 at the opposite end zone.


Game situation

Play a 4v4 in an area with two five-yard end zones. Mark out lines every 10 yards in the central playing area, as shown in the bottom picture.

Teams score points for running with the ball into an end zone. If the ball is intercepted, that team heads for the opposite end zone. If the player starts his dribble from the zone nearest the end zone, he earns one point; two points from the middle zone; and three points from the zone farthest from the end zone.

After each successful attack, both teams attack the opposite end. No points are gained for passing into the end zone. The team that scores most points wins.

Players score increasing numbers of points the greater the distance they can dribble the ball into an end zone.

Players score increasing numbers of points the greater the distance they can dribble the ball into an end zone.


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