Outdoor Training Sessions | Dribbling

Training - Dribbling

Standard warm-up (5–10 min/hr)

Purpose

This warm-up drill should be used at the beginning of all the sessions, including this  session. This warm-up is designed to:

  • Start the practice with some light activity for the players.
  • Improve the player’s skill handling the ball.
Field setup and video

Place cones to form a rectangular-box shape. The box should be big enough to gives players room to move but not too big that the players cannot see each other or they cannot hear your calls.  For example with 10 players,  create a box approximately 20 by 30 yards. This box will be used for the entire training session.

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Instructions

Balls: One per player.

Player dribbles ball around within box using all sides of both feet and then does one of the following moves called out by the coach for a few seconds. Then coach calls out to dribble  before calling next move.

Toe tap: Player quickly taps bottom of toes on top of ball alternating between right and left foot.

Shuffle: Player passes ball between the feet while lifting legs and jumping slightly.

Step over: Without moving the ball the player steps over ball to the right with the right foot and then steps over the ball to the left with the left foot.

Circle right or left with inside of foot: Using the inside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with left foot or counterclockwise with right foot.

Circle right or left with outside of foot: Using the outside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with right foot or counterclockwise with left foot.

Roll ball: Standing behind or beside the ball, the player rolls the ball forward, left or right using the bottom of foot.

Pullback: Player dribbles ball forward a couple of steps and then pulls the ball back with bottom of right foot while turning 180 degrees. Player then dribbles a couple of steps and pulls ball back with bottom of left foot while turning 180 degrees.

Shield ball: Using a combination of the circle left or right and the pullback with right foot or left, player moves forward and back in a half circle  to shield the ball from a pretend opponent. Leave it up to the player, but the player should be encouraged to use the weaker foot an equal amount of time as the stronger foot.

Option. To add some fun to the drill, get the players to count the number of times they do each move and have them call out their score to create a bit of competition.

Coaching points

Encourage the players to:

  • Keep the ball close to maintain control.
  • Move as quickly as possible.
  • Keep their head up as much as possible.
  • When applicable, use both feet and use both sides of the foot.

Technique: Dribbling using gates (10–12 min/hr)

Purpose

These drills help to further develop  players dribbling skills using gates to represent opposing players.

Field setup and video

Keep the cones and size of box from the warm-up and use the remaining cones to create gates for the players to dribble through. Place the cones in groups of two, 2 to 3 feet apart throughout the inside of the box. Make the gates wider for the younger players compared to the older, more-skilled players.

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Instructions and coaching points

Balls: One per player.

a) Dribble through gate

Instructions

  1. Have the players count as they dribble through as many gates as they can in 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Repeat and try to beat their score.

Coaching points

  • Change speeds to surprise the opponent.
  • Make quick bursts of speed through the gates.
  • Keep the ball close to maintain control.
  • Keep your head up as much as possible.
  • Use both feet and use both sides of the foot.
  • Be creative by trying different moves to get through gate and move to next gate.

b) Pass through gate

Instructions

  1. Have the players count as they pass the ball through as many gates as they can while they run around the gate.
  2. The players should count how many gates they pass through in 1 minute.
  3. Repeat and try to beat their previous score.

Coaching points

  • Use inside of foot to pass ball through.
  • Quick burst of speed around the gate.
  • Use appropriate weight and accuracy on pass.
  • Use both feet.

c) Pass down side of gate

Instructions

  1. Have players approach gates lengthwise and pass the ball down one side (past 2 cones) and run around the other side. For example, if they pass the ball down the right side using the inside of the right foot then they run down the left side to meet the ball.
  2. The players should count how many gates they pass through in 1 minute.
  3. Repeat and try to beat their previous score.

Coaching points

  • Use left foot to pass down the left side of the cones and right foot to pass down the right side.
  • Use inside of foot to pass the ball.
  • Use appropriate weight and accuracy on pass.

Skill: Dribbling thru gates 1 vs 1 (10–12 min/hr)

Purpose

The purpose of the skill drill is to further develop the skill of dribbling by introducing a defender.

Field setup and video

Same setup as for Technique.

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Instructions

Balls: Each offensive player has a ball.

  1. Have half the players put on pinnies and each grab a ball.
  2. Direct half the players with pinnies to one corner to line up in single file and the other half to line up in the next nearest corner. The players with pinnies will start as the offensive players.
  3. Divide the other players in half and direct them to line up in single file in the two remaining corners. These players will start as defenders.
  4. When you say “Go”, one offensive player from each line tries to dribble through as many gates on their side of the box as possible while the defensive player runs over and tries to take the ball away.
  5. If the defender takes the ball away, they should try to dribble through as many gates as possible while the other player tries to take the ball back.
  6. Allow players about 15 to 20 seconds and then return to their lines while the next four players go.
  7. After three rotations, have the players without pinnies start with the ball for three times.
Coaching points
  • Keep the ball close to maintain control.
  • Keep their head up as much as possible.
  • Shield the ball from the defender.
  • Encourage the defender to close down the space and pressure as fast as possible.

Small-sided game: Switch (20–25 min/hr)

Purpose

The purposes of the small-sided games are to:

  • Let the players have some fun. Most players prefer to play a game to doing drills.
  • Give the players an opportunity to practice what they have learned.
  • Get the players ready to play a real game against another team.
Field setup and video

Remove any cones from inside the box and convert or make sure the end lines  have three goals.

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Instructions

Balls: Coach keeps and feeds in balls one in at a time.

  1. Divide the players into two teams and have one team put on the pinnies.
  2. Divide each team into two groups.
  3. For each team, have half the team move into positions inside the playing field and the other half line up along their end line.
  4. On “Go!”, have one team start with the ball and try to get the ball into the other team’s goal.
  5. At appropriate intervals, such as when a goal is scored or the ball goes off the side, tell the players to switch. On “Switch”, the inside players move to the end line and the end line players move into the field. When necessary, to keep the game moving, the coach feeds new ball in to restart game.
  6. On restarts, use “Go!” and defenders can’t move until the first pass is received.
Coaching points
  • Help the players make the right decision on when to dribble, pass, and change direction.
  • This is where the following teaching techniques are used most: Direct command; Question and answer; Guided discovery.
  • Let the players play to get a flow going and give them a feel for a game situation, but look for opportunities to stop the play and teach them what they did wrong or right using one of the teaching techniques.

 

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