Dribbling a soccer ball is the most basic soccer skill and the most important gift you can give a youth soccer player. Teaching ball control is more important than tackling, passing or shooting. Without being able to dribble all other soccer skills are worthless.
How do we give this gift? Players develop comfort on the ball by training and drills. Therefore, we want to create activities that focus on having a ball at each players feet as much as possible. Dribbling drills can be enhanced by encouraging juggling in your younger players, which is an excellent activity all players can perform when they first arrive at practice.
With a real focus on dribbling, players will grow to become magicians on the ball and will begin using their moves in games and to trick the defense and create goal-scoring opportunities.
There are three main components of dribbling: dribbling a soccer ball, dribbling while running with the ball and shielding the ball.
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Heads-up Follow the leader is an excellent dribbling drill to help build player confidence when dribbling. Many young players are so afraid of losing the ball that they don't ever pick their head up to see the field. This exercise demands close dribbling and picking the head up to be successful. It can be used as a building activity for a dribbling themed practice or as a warm-up[ Read More ]