Soccer Dribbling Drills

Soccer dribbling drills are critical to mastering the art of dribbling. Dribbling is one of the essential skills in soccer and is useful in taking on defenders, maintaining possession, or reducing pressure.

Dribbling is one of the first skills coaches should teach players at an early age.

Purpose of Dribbling in Soccer

  • Players can dribble to space to maintain possession.
  • Players can take on defenders to advance the ball towards the opponent's goal.
  • Players can dribble to releave pressure by creting time and space.

Soccer Dribbling Requires

  • Good footwork
  • Command of the ball at all times
  • Ability to change direction
  • Good with all parts of the foot (inside, outside, bottom, top, shoelaces, etc.)
  • Good with both feet
  • Proper touch (not too hard, not too soft)

Youth Soccer Dribbling Drills Coaching Points and Techniques

Here are a few coaching points to focus on when coaching dribbling drills:

  • Low center of gravity.
  • Keep arms up and out for balance.
  • Keep the head and eyes up. The eyes should not be on the ball.
  • Scan the field as you are dribbling. This will improve your vison and awareness.
  • Dribble with the shoelaces when dribbling.
  • Keep the ball close in pressure and away from you in space.
  • Dribble with confidence.
  • When taking players on, get to the space behind the defender.
  • Use your body to protect the ball.
  • Change of speed and change of pace to lose the defender.
  • Accelerate once you have beat the defender.
  • Don't do too many moves, or attempt to beat the same defender multiple times.

Browse the Latest Soccer Dribbling Drills

2v2 + 1 to Two Goals

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This is a 2v2 + 1 attacking soccer game is played to two goals with a free attacker on the end line between the two goals. This game focuses on playing the ball forward to your target player before go…

1v1 Transition Game

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That is a fast paced 1v1 transition game mean to focus on beating the defender and getting it into your teammate, or quickly transition to defense if the ball is lost.

One-Touch Passing Combination with a Dribble; Series 2

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This is the second series to a great one-touch passing combination warm up soccer drill with light dribbling.

One-Touch Passing Combination with a Dribble; Series 1

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one-touch, passing combination, passing receiving, light dribble

1v1 Transition

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This is a fast-paced 1v1 game that focuses on quickly transitioning from the attack to defense.

4v4, Thirds of the Field, Shape and Positioning

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This 4v4 thirds of the field drill is great for improving shape and positioning.

1v1 Speed and Reaction Game

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1v1 Speed and Reaction Game is a fun addition to any practice that focuses on quick reaction and speed, ending with a 1v1 to small goals.

2v2 with Target Players to Small Goals

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2v2 drill focusing on penetrating passes to a target player to stretch the field and finish on goal.

1v1 Attacking to a Full-Size Goal

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1v1 attacking drill that focuses on beating the defender in a 1v1 situation and finishing on a full-size goal.

1v1 Three Grid Attacking Drill

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1v1 Attacking Drill focuses on dribbling to beat defenders.