Soccer Dribbling Exercises

Are you looking for some quality soccer exercises to improve your team’s Dribbling & Ball Control abilities? Then this page is just the thing for you. With these four training examples you can immediately head off to the soccer training field. Click on one of the Dribbling exercises to get to the description. If that is not enough for you, then register on planet.training and start finding thousands of exercises in our database.

Team Dribbling Competition – For youth players

QÜ11

Set up

For this exercise you will need three pole goals, that will serve as team stations.  In front of the stations you need to set up 5-7 cone goals (Width 4m). The group will be divided into three teams. If you have more teams, you will need more pole goals. Each player needs a ball.

Execution

The teams start dribbling from their team station, as soon as the coach gives the signal. Each group has to collectively dribble through every cone goal as fast as possible before they are allowed to return to their team station. The front player will determine the path through the cone goals. Physical contact with the body or ball of an opponent is not allowed. As a variation you can modify the cone course and decide on different dribbling techniques.

Competition: Which team collects the most points after 7 rounds?

Everybody has to start somewhere…

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Pass and Dribbling Competition

Set up

Four cones will mark down a 15m x 15m field – an additional cone will be put at one of the four corners and will determine the starting cone. In this field a zig-zag pattern will be set up with cones. The group will be divided into two equal teams. The first team (orange) will go to the zig zag course – one player per cone, whilst the second team (green) will go to the starting cone of the square. Team 1 will need one ball, whilst every player of team 2 will need one ball.

Execution

After the coach has given the starting signal, team 1 has to pass the ball as fast as possible from the first to last player and back, through the zig-zag course. Meanwhile the second team is dribbling around the field as fast as possible. As soon as Team 1 has completed three rounds of the zig-zag course the second team has to stop dribbling immediately. The last player of team 2 is the determining factor for the amount of completed rounds. Different forms of dribbling and passing can be used as a variation. This exercise exercise is especially suitable for younger players.

Which team completes the most rounds dribbling around the square?

QÜ7
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Hard work does pay off…

1 vs 1 – On three goals

QÜ12

Set up

For this exercise you need to set up two sets of three pole goals (Width 4m) on a 20m x 20m field. Divide the group into groups of two (1 versus 1) – a maximum of 5 groups per field is advised. One player of each group will be assigned to the first team (Orange) and the other player to the second team (White). Each pair of players needs a ball.

Execution

Each pair is playig an open field “1 on 1”. All three opposing goals can be attacked – the ball has to be dribbled across the goal line. However there is a time limit of 20 seconds to a single attack. After scoring a goal or losing the ball the defensive players will turn into offensive and can attack the opposing goals. All pairs can play at the same time, which will improve players orientation on the pitch.

Playing time: 2 minutes per round, then change opponents. Who wins the most 1 on 1’s?

Only the strongest will succeed…

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1 vs 1 series – On pole goal

Set up

For this exercise you need one pole goal (Width 3m) and three stations marked with each one cone (S1, S2, S3). The stations are 10m away from the pole goal. One set up is good for 5 or more players. If you have less players in a group, you will only have 2 instead of 3 stations. Two players will line up at S1 and one player will line up at S2 and S3. Another player will be determined to be the defensive player to defend the pole goal.

Execution

Objective of this exercise is a fast series of “1 on 1’s” for the defender. The exercise will start with the first player from S1 dribbling towards the waiting defender and trying to dribble through the pole goal. As soon as the S1 player succesfully did that, it’s the turn of S2 player. If the defender is able to get the ball from the attacking player, the player’s try is over and S2-player will start dribbling. Substitute the defender after 2 mins.

Starting order: S1-S2-S1-S3-S1-S2-S1-S3 et cetera. – The attacking player will line up at the station of the following offensive player.

QÜ10