Dribbling – Soccer Drills Selection

Dribbling: the basics...

You can read more about dribbling in our theory article “Dribbling – the basics”.

No tactical aspect of soccer provokes more discussion than dribbling. Exaggerating or avoiding dribbling: whatever the player does, it’s wrong. This is why it’s important for football trainers to explain to players when it’s appropriate to dribble, and when it isn’t. Some exercises on this topic have already been mentioned in this section. First and foremost, however, the exercises are intended as units of a training plan to improve dribbling.

The exercises have been optimised for group training sessions and for P.E. lessons. Ball control, and gaining a feel for the ball, are the two most important parts of a soccer player’s training. Without these foundations, more advanced exercises from any area, including tactical playing strategies, are pointless.

And how can ball control be practised more effectively than by dribbling? It can’t, because the ball is always at the players’ feet; they may need to receive the ball before they start dribbling, or pass it on after dribbling finishes. Plenty of contact with, and feel for, the ball – that’s what dribbling training gives players.

The acquisition of soccer techniques begins with dribbling, either in a school P.E. lesson or in a club. That’s why we’ve put together exercises which shouldn’t be missing from any team’s training plan. Almost all of the exercises involve very short waiting times, and animations show how the exercise works.