What is the best way to begin teaching dribbling basics? The kids should be introduced to the following skills.
These basics will help the kids build a good foundation for 1v1 soccer moves to take players on or shield the soccer ball.
The player starts working on foundation touches ...
Coaching point: Practice in place, then have the kids practice on the move.
Foundation touches promote a good base to help soccer players develop good soccer dribbling habits.
This base also helps the players when learning to dribble the soccer ball in tight spaces or learning more complicated soccer moves.
The players start working on push and pull in dribbling basics...
Once the players are comfortable using the right and left foot - do a
combination of right then left foot. This is a much harder soccer skill
so give the players time to master each foot then switch.
Players use the...
Exercise: Have the players dribble in a figure eight using the outside of the right and left foot to increase dribbling basics.
This is a great way to teach soccer turns to players once they have mastered the basics.
The players use the...
Exercise: Once players have used the inside or outside of the foot to keep the ball, the player can then accelerate into space.
The players use the sole role or slides...
An easy exercise for the players to practice is toe taps. Once a player has mastered toe taps in one place, they can try moving toe taps - forward, backward and sideways.Variation:
Use the right or left foot only...
This is a great way for the players to keep their foot on the ball and move the ball away from defenders.
Get the players warmed up...
Use any part of the foot - no restrictions, encourage the players to try and use all four parts of the foot and develop good dribbling basics.
Ask the players if they can look up and see what is going on around them, and maintain control of the soccer ball while looking up. Once the kids have mastered the basics the coach can teach more advanced moves and techniques.
Play a basic soccer dribbling concentration game...the soccer coach assigns numbers to each soccer skill...
The soccer coach calls out a number and the players have to perform the specific basic soccer dribbling move. These #'s games get the kids thinking about how to use the soccer move and provide lots of repetition.
Coaches, in the video below, kids are playing in 9v9 game. You can see examples of laces touches, sole rolls, cuts, l-moves and changes of direction. This is what it should look like live.
Play 3vs3 games so the kids can try out their new soccer dribbling skills. Small sided soccer games are important because the kids need a chance to try out their basic dribbling skills and apply them to the soccer game. Get more ideas on how to teach fast foot work by clicking here!