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Video: dribble decisions

Dribbling players can create space for their team-mates by running at the defence– but do they pass or do they shoot? This game helps players with their decision-making.

Dribbling players can create space for their team-mates by running at the defence– but do they pass or do they shoot? This game helps players with their decision-making.

Set up

Set up an area of 40×30- yards split into a 10-yard centre zone and 15-yard end zones. Start with a five-yard dribbling zone on one wing. We’ve used 12 players. You need balls, bibs, cones and two normal goals.

How to play

Split your players into two teams of six. Each team has a keeper and plays 2-1-2 with defending players locked in their zones. The attacking players can go in any zone but must quickly move back if they lose the ball. The ball must be dribbled through the centre zone – one short pass is allowed if a run is blocked. Start with an unopposed dribbling zone on one wing, so no defenders can go in. This gets the game going quickly with much more chance of success.

Technique

This simple session has quite advanced decisions as players can dribble into scoring positions but should try to pass if team-mates are in better positions. Coaches should point out if players make the wrong decision.

Dribbling in attack

    1. Play starts with a pass out to a team-mate on the wing
    2. By using an unopposed channel, players will have good success with dribbling runs and can get into scoring positions easier

    3. A quick pass out gives the player the chance to move into another zone with a good dribble
    4. Here the attacker goes short to take a simple pass from the dribbling player and then gives it back to him to attack the goal

    5. When a player’s dribble is blocked he can play one short pass to help get out of trouble
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