Ball Control and Footwork

How to cross a ball


in Attacking, Ball Control and Footwork

Crossing is one of the harder skills that wingers need and it helps them to catch out defenders on the counterattack without stopping or slowing the attack down. Try these channels to help you coach it. MORE

Go 1v1 against the keeper

Double jeopardy

in Attacking, Ball Control and Footwork

When players are through on goal, they must decide whether to shoot or take it around the keeper. To be able to make this decision players must practise both methods so they have the techniques required when the situation arises in matches. MORE

How to coach skill channel drills- part 1

The skill channel

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Find your team’s Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo with this session. It will improve your players’ dribbling ability in order to attack and run past defenders in 1v1 situations. “The skill channel” develops changes in speed and direction, plus using an individual skill to beat the defender. MORE

How to coach action circuits- part 1

The all-action circuit

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

This circuit is designed to comprehensively improve your players’ techniques. The exercise starts with close control ball skills before evolving into recreating gamelike situations. The all-action nature of the circuit ensures your players are working at match speed. MORE

How to coach ronaldinho elastico- part 1

Ronaldinho elastic

in Ball Control and Footwork, Practice plans

Named after the Brazilian international who played for Barcelona and AC Milan , this trick is a superb way of making a defender think you’re going one way but actually going the other. It makes a fantastic addition to any player’s skill-set. MORE

U9 dribble the ball 5 yards and turn activity - part 1

5 ways to improve turning with the ball

in Ball Control and Footwork, Email newsletters, Turning

For improving players, turning with the ball while keeping it under control is an important development phase. Key to this are practising different turning techniques and developing spatial awareness (knowing when and where to turn). Here are five great drills and activities that will help your players keep control when they are turning with the ball.... MORE

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