Soccer Warm Up # 8 Training Drill

Warm Up # 8

Dribbling Drills And Good Habits For Youth Soccer Players: When dribbling, the normal habit is always to look exclusively at the ball. In that way, the area of eyesight is greatly diminished, frequently to less than 10 meters within the soccer ball. That decrease in the field of vision does not enable the player to observe both the options being developed by his teammates or the challenges being produced by the opposing team. Consequently, when dribbling, the player with the ball ought to attempt to utilize lower part of his peripheral vision to observe the ball and also to aim his immediate line of sight several thirty meters upfield. This really is tough for starters, either conceptually as well as in training. With youngsters, coaches must bring in and strengthen this concept, however, not at the cost of players experimentation and having a good time dribbling.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • good supply of cones


  • 1 tap ball 50x between feet
  • 2 dribble diagonally around cones as shown
  • 3 dribble zig zag around cones
  • 4 dribble with header jumps every 5yds
  • 5 dribble through all cone goals
  • 6 dribble and drag the ball to the inside with the sole of the foot at each cone (sideways)
  • 7 dribble and perform 5x scissor moves and 5x step over moves
  • 8 dribble back to start touching the ball only with the laces

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics
  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • change of speed & direction
  • acceleration
  • close control
  • soft touches

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