Shadow Dribbling

Chris Johnson 69,521 Views Rating 4.05 (21 Reviews)

This shadow soccer dribbling drill uses partners who do not attempt to gain possession of the ball but adds extra pressure as they follow the dribbler around and tries to imitate the lead dribblers every move.

Soccer Drill Diagram: Shadow Dribbling

Soccer Shadow Dribbling Drill

The shadow soccer dribbling drill uses partners who do not attempt to steal the ball, but adds extra pressure as they follow the dribbler.
Drill Setup

  1. Create a small grid approximately 20X20 yards.
  2. Instruct players to pair up each player with a soccer ball.
Drill Instructions

  1. The lead dribbler dribbles around inside the grid while the shadow dribbler attempts to mimic the lead dribbler's every move by keeping a good close distance.
  2. Change leaders after a minute.
Drill Variations

  • n/a
Drill Coaching Points

  • lift head, eyes up
  • close control
  • control of body movements
  • use all parts of their feet while dribbling (inside, outside, top, bottom).
  • change of direction
  • change of pace
  • find space
  • dribble with speed
  • encourage players to be creative

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