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Dribble and Drive (Theme 8-Practice 1)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This dribbling/running with the ball soccer practice is set up with a 40 x 36 yard length, which can vary depending on age & number of players (e.g. 15 players requires 5 x 10 yard areas, so 50 yds).



Central player will run with the ball to end player, lay off, run around player and receive the other side, before performing a dribble and repeating the action; 1 - 2 minutes rotate.



Key Coaching Points

Players to perform dribble after few touches with tight control and then explode to get out of their feet when RWTB. (on 3mins)

Progressions

Player Questions



Difference between dribbling & running with the ball


Running with the ball and dribbling are similar in that they both involve moving with the ball at your feet, but there are some key differences between the two:

  1. Dribbling involves manipulating the ball with your feet: Dribbling involves using your feet to control the ball and move it around the field. It typically involves taking small touches to keep the ball close to your feet and avoiding challenges from opponents.

  2. Running with the ball involves carrying the ball: Running with the ball involves carrying the ball at your feet or even picking it up and running with it. It typically involves longer strides and a more direct route to the goal.

  3. Dribbling is often used to beat opponents: Dribbling is often used as a way to beat opponents and create space for yourself or your teammates. It can involve a variety of techniques, such as feints, stepovers, and body feints, to deceive opponents and create space.

  4. Running with the ball is often used to maintain possession: Running with the ball is often used as a way to maintain possession and move the ball up the field. It can involve carrying the ball for longer distances and is often used when there are no passing options available.

In summary, dribbling involves manipulating the ball with your feet to beat opponents and create space, while running with the ball involves carrying the ball and is often used to maintain possession and move the ball up the field.

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