Football Practices Series: Counter Attacking - Dribbling
25 x 25 square, 6-12 players each with a ball dribbling in the area. Players encouraged to be creative and try as many tricks and dribbles as they can.
Duration: 15 minutes Skill: Dribbling Age Group: 5+
4 CONES BALL EACH 8+ EASY 25 X 25 YARDS
Individual Skills: Creativity - Technique - Lose Players - Possibly Pace
P1: Target zones
Add 2 areas, where players must perform a different trick and with increased traffic closer control is encouraged
Add a defender to add pressure to dribblers, so they must avoid each other as well as perform a dribble in area
P3: Passing Floater
With increased difficulty with added defender, a floater could act as a wall pass for dribblers under pressure
Touchtight Soccer Coaching Tips:
To develop dribbling as a skill, we must ensure players are comfortable without pressure, before adding these progressions. coaches may wish to focus on a specific dribble before or after allowing players to be expressive in trying new skills.
S - Depending on numbers the area can be reduced or increased in size, to alter difficulty based on player's ability
T - Dribblers could be encouraged to get a certain number of dribbles in each area or within a certain time. i.e. 5 different dribbles or tricks in 30 seconds in each area.
E - Extra floaters can be added or number of balls reduced so players must lay ball off after dribble and become a passer.
P - With added defenders, dribblers challenge is increased and lessened with added floaters, as coach you must decide what course of action to take
Advanced - More able young players may have the area split into 4 quarters, and encouraged to perform a different dribble in each area, again opposed. They could also be encouraged to use their weaker foot only during the practice or alternate feet in each dribble.