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soccer coaching game to improve dribbling skills

This game is called Shark Attack! - based on Shark by Bill Blyth.

Objective: To improve dribbling skills, (especially keeping close control of the ball and playing with head up), turning with the ball and shielding the ball from pressure.

Set-up: Mark a playing circle appropriate to the size of the group. If using a dozen 10-year-olds, 20 yards across is ideal.

Every player has a ball and goes inside the circle except for two players - the Sharks - who don't have a ball and stay outside the circle.

How to play:
  • Players dribble their ball around inside the circle and the two Sharks jog around the perimeter.
  • On your signal, the Sharks have 10 seconds to kick as many balls out the circle as possible.
  • Any players who lose their ball leave the circle and join the Sharks for the next attack. 
  • The last two players left dribbling are the winners and they become the Sharks at the start of the next game.

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