Every single soccer player needs to know how to dribble
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Of all the soccer skills, dribbling is the first — and most fundamental to ball mastery. But young soccer players and seasoned players alike benefit from practicing different ways to dribble the ball. As young players develop, they’ll master dribbling with their dominant and non-dominant foot, running with the ball, controlling the ball and keeping the ball close in all sorts of situations — first on their own, and then with the pressure of a defender.
These 10 soccer drills help players develop their dribbling skills as they move up and down the field.
Watch your tail! This dribbling activity teaches players to keep their heads up and explode out of dangerous situations.
Red Light, Green Light
Unleash your inner Lightning McQueen! Build players’ muscle memory by pairing quick stops with explosive speed in this dribbling activity.
Welcome to Jurassic…Tag? This dribbling activity puts an emphasis on speed and turning the ball by changing direction. With dinosaurs.
Pirates ahead! This activity helps players learn to get away from an attacker by finding open space to dribble the ball to.
Let’ssss teach playerssss to communicate and move as a team, while developing agility and coordination as they dribble.
Rescue some pups with a clever activity that develops shielding skills and the ability to find open space when dribbling.
This dribbling game helps with speed dribbling and turning with the ball.
Body Part Dribbling
The ball becomes a powerful magnet in this entertaining dribbling activity that helps build agility and coordination.
Dribbling skills, agility and coordination are folded into this fun dancing activity.
Eye on the prize, kids. This striking and dribbling activity teaches players to keep their heads up while dribbling to find the goal and score.
Can’t get enough dribbling? Advanced dribblers can try their hand — er, foot — at our favorite trick moves, including the Cruyff Turn, the Maradona Turn, the Ronaldo Chop, the scissor and the step over.
For more great soccer drills for kids, check out:
The 10 Best Soccer Passing Drills for U8, U10 and U12
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