Coaching Session #002 : Dribbling U12-U16

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Primary Aims & Objectives

  • Develop quick changes of direction and close ball control when dribbling.
  • Develop understanding of movements which are effective in 1v1 situations.
  • Develop acceleration and ‘ABCs’ in a football specific environment.

Technical Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling Drill WarmupOrganisation

Set-up a square area with a pair of gates on each edge.

Attackers earn points by dribbling through gates but lose a point if they are tagged by a defender.

Four defenders earn points by tagging attackers but lose a point if an attacker gets through one of their gates.

Make It Easier

Increase the size of the gates or move them further apart.

Make It Harder

Remove the defender’s ball.

Decrease the size of the gates or move them together.

Skills Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling Drill Session PlanOrganisation

Move the cones around to create a 3×3 grid.

Place attackers in the corner squares and defenders in the squares between them.

Attackers move anti-clockwise, taking turns to attack the defenders.

Attackers earn a point for getting through a defender’s square.

Defenders earn a point if they touch the attacker’s ball or the ball runs out of play.

Swap defenders if they win the ball or after two minutes of play.

Make It Easier

Make the squares bigger to give the attackers more space.

Make It Harder

Reduce the area to give players less space.

Remove the defender’s ball and allow them to engage at match-speed.

Game Practice

Soccer Coaching Dribbling Drill Session PlanOrganisation

Add 10-15m to either end of the pitch and place goals on the end-lines.

Add a pair of gates to the edge of the area.

Teams must dribble through an opponents’ gate before they can have a shot at goal.

No other players are allowed outside the area so the shot is always 1vGK.

Make It Easier

Make the gates larger.

Allow some players to score by dribbling over any point on the end-line.

Make It Harder

Make the gates smaller.

Stronger players can only dribble through one of the gates.

Stronger players must finish with their first touch in the opponent’s end-zone.

Develop Your Environment

Let the game be the teacher.

Fun practices can be competitive, challenging, realistic and deliver multiple outcomes.

Players can make lots of decisions and hundreds of touches whilst warming up.

Develop Your Practice

Think of a couple of ways in which you might progress the practice whilst retaining a focus on dribbling.

Can you think of ways to add goals to the practice?

How might you adapt this practice to focus on passing or defending?

Develop Your Players

Demonstrate (or ask a player to demonstrate) the function of feint and double-feint moves to your players.

Show that an attacker has the advantage in a 1v1 and can always beat an off-balance defender.

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Technical Outcomes

Learn to run with the ball without risking it, by keeping the body between the defender and the ball whilst dribbling.

Develop effective feint and double feint moves.
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Physical Outcomes

Practice shifting bodyweight from one foot to the other quickly.

Develop acceleration, rapid changes of pace and sharp changes of direction.
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Psychological Outcomes

Identifying opportunities to attack defenders.

Recognising visual cues which suggest defenders are off-balance or have their feet planted.
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Social
Outcomes

Learn in an enjoyable and competitive environment.

Take turns playing in different roles.
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