Dribbling

A simple dribbling game

This is a simple dribbling race that, at first glance, doesn’t seem to be very interesting but children of all ages love it and my U12s ask to play it at almost every session. It just goes to show that good coaching games don’t have to be complicated! Objective: To improve running and turning with […]

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The Maradona game

Objective: To encourage flair and dribbling ability. Age group: U7s and upwards. Set up: Create a 40×30 yards area with a goal at each end. Divide your players into teams of four, wearing bibs. How to play: Normal football rules apply. Games last 10 or 15 minutes. Pick a player from each team to be […]

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Compound

Objective: To improve ball dribbling skills. Age group: U7s to U10s. This is how to set the game up: Set out quite a large area. To save using too many cones, use a full-size pitch penalty area (44×18 yards) using the lines as the boundary. Split the players into three teams of five or six. […]

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Turn the cone!

Objective: To improve ball dribbling skills. Age group: U7s to U10s. This is how to set the game up: Set out quite a large area. To save using too many cones, use a full-size pitch penalty area (44×18 yards) using the lines as the boundary. Split the players into three teams of five or six. […]

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I need a doctor!

“I Need a Doctor!” is a fun game for six to eight-year-olds. It improves their co-ordination, dribbling skills and ability to make decisions. Set-up: Create a 20-yard square with two 4×4 “hospitals” marked within the square with flat cones. Divide your players into two teams. Every player has a ball. How to play: One team […]

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Run the gauntlet

Objective: To practise dribbling and passing skills. Age group: U5s to U9s. Number of players: Whole team, divided into three teams. Equipment: Several balls (eight for every 12 players), some flat cones. Set-up: Mark out a 30×8 yard channel with flat cones. Team 1 and 2 stand opposite each other on either side of the […]

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Dribble, turn, dribble, turn

Objective: To improve dribbling skills and learn two simple turns. Age group: U6s to U8s. How to play: Players have a ball each and spread out around the perimeter of the playing area, facing inwards. On your command, they all dribble across the square, turn around, and dribble back. The first player to complete 10 […]

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Robin Hood (revisited)

This is a simple game that works on a variety of techniques. In its basic form, it is a good way to practise basic dribbling and close control skills for younger players. However, the progressions turn it into a competitive and exciting workout for older age groups as well. Set up: Create a 30-yard square […]

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