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Develop Dribbling Skills (02-P2)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This Dribbling soccer practice requires 6 to 12 players in a 20 by 20-yard area, each with a ball to dribble. Players are encouraged to be creative and try as many tricks and dribbles as they can.

Get players to work on small touches, with both feet and develop changes of direction on a coaching call or other pre-defined trigger.

Encourage players to get their heads up, once their technique on the ball is comfortable to ensure they are able to have full control of the ball with players as obstacles around them.

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We can progress this by adding 2 areas where players must perform a different trick in each, with increased player traffic closer control is encouraged.

We can then add a defender to increase pressure on dribblers, forcing them to escape defenders whilst avoiding other players at the same time.

Our final progression allows a floater to be available for a wall pass for any players finding themselves under pressure.

How to improve your dribbling skills

Here are some tips for creating effective dribblers in tight areas under pressure, especially for younger soccer players:

  1. Practice dribbling in tight spaces: Use drills and exercises that involve dribbling in tight spaces, such as small-sided games and cone drills. This can help players develop their ball control and footwork in confined areas.

  2. Encourage players to use their body: Teach players to use their body to shield the ball and protect it from defenders. This can help them maintain possession and create space for themselves.

  3. Use drills and exercises that focus on dribbling: Practice dribbling with the ball in a variety of drills and exercises, such as small-sided games, cone drills, and 1v1 challenges. This can help players develop their ball control and footwork skills.

  4. Encourage players to try different moves: Encourage players to try different dribbling moves and techniques, such as stepovers, scissor moves, and body feints. This can help them expand their repertoire and become more confident with the ball.

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