"Take dribbling to the next
level with fast footwork
exercises."


Dribbling and acceleration?


The fast footwork series is my favorite because it speeds up the learning process getting the players lots of touches in the process.

Fast foot work exercises will help the young players...

  • Improve dribbling technique.
  • Build confidence.
  • Teach players how to accelerate away from defenders.
  • Build a rythem by getting the magic hop into your fast foot work training.


#1) Inside - outside move


How do you develop a foundation with fast foot work? Start with the inside - outside move...

  • The player starts with the ball at his or her feet.
  • Inside left foot touch - outside right foot touch - hop.
  • Repeat going the other way.
  • Inside right foot touch - outside left foot touch - hop.

Coaching point:

The players will need to cut the ball back across the body to avoid traveling around. The coach can help get the player into a rythm by starting out the exercise slowly, moving to a faster pace when the player is comfortable.


#2) Pull - inside - outside move


The player is practicing inside - outside but adding a pull to the beginning of the move.

  • Right foot pull with sole of the foot - inside- outside - hop.
  • Repeat going the other way.
  • Left foot pull - inside - outside - hop.

Coaching point:

The training hop is on the end of the move to help the player to transition to the other side.


#3) Pull back - behind standing leg move


Add a pull back behind the leg now...

  • Right foot Pull back - touch with inside of right foot behind standing leg - outside left foot touch - hop.
  • Repeat going the other way so players work both sides.

  • Left foot pull back - touch with outside of left foot behind standing leg - outside right foot touch - hop.

Coaching point:

This move turns into a good shielding move.


#4) Add a scissors move


The player does a double scissors moves around the ball for 30 seconds as fast as the player can go.

Don't know the scissors move?

  • The player steps inside and around the soccer ball with the right foot.
  • The player then steps inside and around the left foot - feet come apart.
  • Repeat this exercise for thirty seconds.

The players will fall all over themselves doing this exercise - funny!


Add a double touch


Now the player will practice the fast footwork move with a double touch on the outside touch.


#1) Inside - outside move - double touch

Add a double move to inside - outside move...

  • Inside right - hop - outside left - double touch.
  • Repeat the move coming back the other way.
  • Inside left - hop - outside right - double touch.

#2) Pull - inside - outside move - double touch

This fast footwork exercise begins with...

  • Pull right foot - inside right foot - outside left foot - double touch - hop.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Pull left foot - inside left foot - outside right foot - double touch - hop.


#3) Pull behind standing leg move - double touch

The exercise starts with the player...

  • Pulling with the right foot - touch right foot behind standing leg - outside left foot double touch - hop.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Pull left foot - touch inside left foot behind standing leg - outside right foot double touch - hop.
  • Double scissors moves for 30 seconds.

Here are some more tips on fast foot work.

I love seeing the players get fast footwork down and take it and apply it to the field. I have used Coerver Coaching as a great resource over the years for new ideas on dribbling, fakes and 1 on 1 soccer moves. I like having 2-3 ways to teach different topics so the kids don't get bored.


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