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Soccer Dribbling Drills 12-15yrs

Soccer dribbling drills for players aged 12-15yrs in opposed and skill practice games and football drills.  

Dribbling to Targets

Drill Objective(s)
  1. Developing un-opposed dribbling technique.
  2. Develop 1vs1 dribbing.
  3. Develop the ability to drive into spaces with the ball.
  4. Develop decision making on when and where to dribble.

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  • Drill No: DRI1
  • Age: 11-14yrs
  • No Players: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Area/Time: 50x30yrds (adjust as necessry) (20mins)
Diagram 1 - Technical
ORGANISATION:
  • 30x50yrd grid with 2 end zones approx. 5yrds deep.
  • 3 teams (Redx4, Yellowx4, Bluex4).
  • Place randomly cones (8) around the playing area.
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • The players dribble around the playing area and approach one of the cones placed around the grid taking the cone on (cone acts as a passive defender).  Players accelerate away from the cone after the move and find another cone to attack.
  • Players should perform feint moves on the cones (i.e. side steps, step overs, scissors, etc).
  • Players should change directions as they move around the playing area using turns (i.e. drag backs, outside hooks, etc).
  • Progression -  half the players with ball and half without.  The players without a ball act as passive defenders for the other players to take on.
SCORING:

N/A

KEY COACHING POINTS:
  1. Dribble with head up, glancing down at the ball on contact if needed.
  2. Relaxed foot dribbling mainly with the outside of the foot.
  3. Acceleration after a move. 
  4. Slow into a move, fast out of a move.
  5. Change direction using good quality turns.
  6. SSG - Coach when and where to dribble.  Risk vs Reward.  1vs1 close to the opponents goal so there is no immediate counter attacking threat.
  7. SSG - Coach how players make runs off the ball to generate space for other players to dribble.
  8. SSG - Coach what type of dribbling technical (i.e. dribbling or running with the ball) determined by the space available.
  9. Discuss the Principles of Attacking.
 
PROGRESSIONS

Progression 1 (Diagram 2)

  • Two teams now play possession together whilst one defends (i.e. Blue in Diagram 2).
  • Teams maintain possession and look for oppotunities to dribble into the end zone.  One they have dribbled into one endzone, the dribbling player switches with the zone player and the teams attempts to dribble into the opposite end zone.
  • If the defending team intercepts and pass or wins possession they attempt to complete 2 passes to replace the team which gave possession away.  If they fail to make 2 passes they remain defending.
  • 1 point each time an attacking player dribbles into an end zone and switches.
Diagram 2 - SSG (8vs4)
VARIATIONS:
  1. Play 4vs4 with 4 wing players who can play 1 touch.  Score by dribbling into the end zone.
  2. Play with a neutral player to to provide an overload in possession.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
Correct technical faults as they occur.  In the SSG work on players decision making of when and where to dribble.  Do players look for opportunities to attack space and draw defenders?  Do players attempt to dribble in high risk areas? (i.e. close to their own end zone).

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