Soccer Warm Up # 13 Training Drill

Warm Up # 13

If you are training soccer dribbling drills, I would like you to pay attention to all of these three vital principles: Close control. The final objective of dribbling is to get to a specific area in a timely manner without giving up possession of the ball. If you can’t maintain possession of the ball in your area, you’ll get challenged quickly. Speed. Continually force yourself to perform the drills more quickly. If you can’t dribble with pace, you are going to find it hard to escape from the opposing team and maintain control of the ball. Swiftly switch direction. When you change direction with the ball at the feet concentrate on quickly moving quickly in a different direction. Repeating this when you change direction when training can help you enormously in actual game conditions.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • cones to mark off area


  • players dribble inside playing area
  • on coach’s command players dribble their ball to each of the four touchlines
  • players must trap the ball on the line before moving to the next one
  • last player to do that does 10 x push ups (squat jumps etc.)


  • specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)
  • when coach calls out a player’s name everybody dribbles their ball to that player who has to stop his ball dead
  • on coach’s command players dribble their ball around each of the four white (blue) cones
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  • acceleration
  • head up
  • awareness of space
  • ball close to feet

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