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Dribbling Exercise

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numbered corner

In a 15x30 yard grid, divided in 4 rectangles, number each of the corners.  All players in one area dribbling, when the coach calls out a number, all players must dribble to that area.  

Variations:  

one foot only

inside of foot only

outside/inside of foot

call out more than one number. (i.e. 1 /3 - players would dribble from their corner to corner 1 and back to corner 3. 

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First Touch

One of the most essential elements of the game and what separate good players from great is first touch.  This video outlines 3 first touch exercises with 2 cones.  It is a simple activity that can be done 1 on 1 or with a group of players.  Instructions and coaching points are embedded in the video.  

Coaches, add this as part of your warm-up for this week.  Ensure that players get plenty of touches on the ball and continue to develop their first touch.  

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Dribble Exercise

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rob the nest

Place 5 squares in the grid.  One in each corner and one in the middle.  

Divide the group into each of the four corners.  

Put all of the balls, as many as you have, in the middle square.  

When the coach says “GO”, one player from each square goes to the middle and takes one ball back to their corner, tags their teammate and the next player goes to the middle.  

The winning team is the one that has the most amount of balls in their corner when there are no remaining balls in the middle.  

Variation:  

When no balls are left give an additional 60 seconds for players to follow the same rules but remove the balls from their opponents squares.  Corners cannot be protected.    

 

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Dribbling Exercise

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steal the treasure

Make a 20x30 yard gird divided into two halves with an equal number of cones on each side of the grid.  Place 1 team in each half.  On the coach’s command the players will dribble to the opponents half and touch a cone with the ball, pick up the cone and take it to their half.  The team with the most cones in 3 minutes wins the round.  

Variation:

players can defend their treasure by tagging the opponent with a cone before he/she crosses the half.  The player drops the cone at the place they were tagged. 

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Dribbling Exercise

numbered corners.png

numbered corner

In a 15x30 yard grid, divided in 4 rectangles, number each of the corners.  All players in one area dribbling, when the coach calls out a number, all players must dribble to that area.  

Variations:  

one foot only

inside of foot only

outside/inside of foot

call out more than one number. (i.e. 1 /3 - players would dribble from their corner to corner 1 and back to corner 3. 

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Ball Mastery and Foot skills

Photo by  Markus Spiske

Photo by Markus Spiske

Coaches, 

If you are looking for some basic ball skill mastery for your younger teams, check out the linked videos.

You will find the following:

1 & 2. 30 ball mastery skills to incorporate into training.

3. basic dribbling skills individually and with a partner 

4. Dribbling in a condensed space.  This is a time to incorporate the ball mastery skills into a more realistic training environment with some pressure.  You can add a defender to this in a natural progression. 

5. Cone dribbling.  The goal is to increase the proficiency of dribbling in tight spaces.  

6. The 2 cone drill is for more advanced or older players working on ball control.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rHG9o71tmA&list=PL6lIbPUG_fpbXwzxFt2-iVk3Kc1SB_PSo

Russ (docieysa@gmail.com)

 

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A Good Pass

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What makes a good pass? 

The weight of the pass. The accuracy.  The intention behind the pass.  Most would answer all of the above.  

But what about a pass to feet?  

I often hear coaches call a pass to feet a "good pass" and a pass not to feet a "bad pass".  I would encourage you to rethink the communication of this idea.  Main reason...its limiting.  To teach a young player that the only "good pass" is a pass to feet you are teaching them a way of playing soccer that limits their play.  A pass into space, a pass to where the player is headed or a pass encouraging the player to move into space are examples of passes that are actually quite good even though they are not to feet.  Limit the "rules" and give players freedom for creativity and  expression on the pitch.  

 

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Be Encouraged!

As coaches there are times when thoughts run through your mind like, "will they ever get it?" or "will I ever see improvement".  Allow this short video to encourage you.  Keep putting in the work and the results will arrive.  Players will transform from meager ball skills and technique into players who consistently demonstrate great technique.

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Coaches Question Challenge

Be the first to answer the questions right in the comments section below and win a soccer coaching resource with six weeks of games, activities, and coaching material.  

 

Question 1: 3 specific actions she needs to take before receiving the ball

Question 2: offer 2 coaching points to the player

Question 3: list the 2 completed correct actions

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