Dribbling is one of the finer arts for a young soccer player and a vital part of his/her soccer development. When you see young players dribbling in matches you can see why it creates goalscoring chances for the player and for their teammates.
Use this activity from EasiCoach Soccer Skill Activities U11-U12 with your U11s to make sure they’ve mastered this must-have technique.
- Set up a 15 x 15 yards area with a cone on each corner and a 1 x 1 yard cone square in the centre. Put a player with a ball on each of the outer cones.
- When you say “go”, the players dribble to the centre square, turn around the nearest cone and dribble back to their starting point.
- Right-footed players can use a hook turn with the outside of the foot to get round the cone, and leftfooters can use the inside of the foot. However, give them free reign to get around the cone the best way they can at first; just ask them to try and keep the ball close to their feet.
- Some players may want to stop the ball before they turn. This is okay as it helps their confidence to make the turn – you will find that turning technique will gradually get better during the season.