Coaching Session #001 : Dribbling U6-U11

Primary Aims & Objectives

  • Develop a range of passing techniques for different distances, angles and weights.
  • Deciding who to pass to, when to pass and how to pass it.
  • Communicating with football specific language and signals.

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Technical Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling DrillOrganisation

Set-up a square area and divide in to a four x four grid.

Split group in to two teams and give each team one ball for every two players.

Players can pass to any available teammate, but passes must go in to a different grid square.

Make It Easier

Remove a ball from each team to increase the number of available passes.

Make It Harder

Players can only receive the ball in an empty square. Passes must travel through two grid squares.

Skills Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling Session PlanOrganisation

Pick up some of the markers to leave a two x two grid.

In each quadrant play 3v3.

Teams score by controlling the ball on their opponent’s end-line.

Always restart with a pass.

Play first to five points and then rotate groups around the quadrants.

Make It Easier

Expand the area to give players more space.

Change the starting position of a defender so that attackers have a temporary numerical advantage.

Make It Harder

Reduce the area to give players less space.

Change the starting position of an attacker so that defenders have a temporary numerical advantage.

Game Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling GameOrganisation

Remove the grid markers and add two small goals to each end-line.

Each team attacks a pair of goals on the same end-line.

Players can only score from within the final third of the pitch.

Make It Easier

Make the area larger.

Add floating attacker(s) who always help the team in possession.

Make It Harder

Make the area smaller.

Stronger players must finish with their first touch.

If a player has their pass intercepted, or plays the ball out of bounds they must sprint around one of their opponent’s goals before they can touch the ball again.

Develop Your Environment

Set up your practice so that the players are challenged by the task. This alone will motivate them to keep trying hard.

Stand back and observe the practice. This will make it much easier to spot if the tasks are too easy for some players or unachievable for others.

Develop Your Practice

Consider how the dimensions of your area are affecting your player’s actions.

Is the task realistic to the game your players play? If not, how might you adapt the space or the tasks to
make it more realistic?

Develop Your Players

Encourage players to move the ball as quickly as they can.

To do this they will have to have their head up, take a good first touch and communicate with their teammates.

Technical Outcomes

  • Develop a range of passing techniques for different distances, angles and weights.
  • Develop habit of identifying space and moving in to it after passing.

Physical Outcomes

  • Improve agility for quick changes of pace and direction.
  • Improve acceleration and short-burst sprint speed for getting beyond defenders.

Psychological Outcomes

  • Repeating situations over and again to develop pattern recognition and improve decision making.
  • Deciding who to pass to, when to pass and how to pass it.

Social Outcomes

  • Communicating with football specific language and signals.
  • Learning in a competitive but pressure free environment.
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