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Dribbling with confidence

FIFA, 07 Dec 2021

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This session begins with a warm-up exercise that gives the players an opportunity to get used to having the ball at their feet. It then moves to an exercise that introduces a game-like environment, whilst granting a high success rate for the offensive side. The final exercise is a 3v3 including goalkeepers.

Warm-up: Dribble champion

Organisation

  • Try to group the players by size and ability
  • The players can start on your whistle, or decide for themselves when the best time is to try to cross

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the catching space bigger
  • More players run at the same time
  • The players run without a ball
  • Limit the type of movement the catcher can use (e.g. skipping, sidestep)
  • Ask the players to dribble a ball at the same time

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • More catchers in the middle
  • Make the space smaller

Great questions to ask the players

  • How will you cross safely?  
  • Can you think about the best way to do it?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • The players should keep their heads up while running, so they can see other runners

 

Skill development: 2v1, 2 goals + 1 goalkeeper

Organisation

  • Try to group players by size and ability
  • Have extra players on each pitch, so the players can take turns and also rest in between attempts
  • The players take turns attacking from each end
  • Rotate the players regularly, so they play against different opponents

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Make the pitch wider

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make a narrow pitch, so the players have to dribble 1v1

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you think of a great player who dribbles the ball well?
  • Can you pretend to be him/her and copy what he/she does?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • Provide rest opportunities for players



Game application: 3v3, 2 goals, 2 goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Try to group the players by size and ability
  • Have extra players on each pitch, so the players can take turns and also rest in between attempts
  • The players take turns attacking from each end
  • Rotate the players regularly, so they play against different opponents

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • Each team starts with a ball

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Each player in a team has to touch the ball before the team can score
  • Players have to dribble past at least 1 player before they can score

Great questions to ask the players

  • What did you enjoy most, scoring or saving goals?
  • Can you all score a goal in the same match?
  • Can you all take a turn in goal in each match?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe zone between each pitch
  • Provide rest opportunities for players

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