7 Drills to Keep the Ball in Your Control When Approaching a Defender

September 3, 2017 Guy Pistone No comments exist

This is an individual beginner dribbling workout for soccer. Practicing dribbling will give you the ball control you need to move forward with the ball past defenders. To get past a defender, you need to carefully plan how you will throw them off balance in order to create a window of space for yourself. Forward speed will not help you in this situation; it is the combination of ball control, precision, and strategic planning that will give you the advantage.

You don’t need to have a partner to do these drills, but you can always practice with a partner if you wish. Some drills require you to have cones, but if you don’t have cones then you can put other items to the field to simulate cones.

Keep these pointers in mind:

  • These workouts do not require you to have a partner.
  • Perform these drills slow until you master the correct technique. Once technique is mastered – start to push your speed.
  • Rest at least 10-30 seconds between each set.
  • Some of these drills require you to have cones. If you do not have cones then you can put other items on the field to simulate cones.

1. Chop

30 Seconds

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  • Start this move from a stationary position with the ball directly between both legs. Then, pull your foot back having your leg bent 90 degree angle. Immediately then straighten your leg forward and use that momentum to push the ball sideways with the inside part of your foot.

2. Cone Drill dribbling: Both feet

3 Reps

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  • Set up 4 or more cones in a straight line.
  • Weave in and out of each cone by gently directing the ball using the inside and outside of your foot. Alternate between feet.
  • When you get to last cone explode forward as fast as you can for 20 feet.

3. Cone Drill: Rollover dribbling

3 Reps

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  • Set up 4 or more cones in a straight line.
  • Weave in and out of each cone by rolling your foot over the top of the ball. Roll over your foot with light pressure on the ball so that it moves fast. Alternate between feet.
  • When you get to last cone explode forward as fast as you can for 20 feet.

4. Cone Line Dribbling: Both feet

3 Reps

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  • Set up 4 or more cones in a straight line.
  • Weave in and out of each cone by dribbling with the outside part of each foot.
  • When you get to the last cone, turnaround and go back the other direction.
  • Start off slow and increase your speed as you master the drill.

5. Cut

3 Reps

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  • Start this move from a stationary position with the ball directly between both legs. Then, bring one foot across the ball and make contact with the outside of your foot as you push the ball towards the side of your body.

6. Cone Line Dribbling: Both feet

3 Reps

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  • Weave in and out of the cones using both feet moving as fast as you can.
  • Set up cones in the pattern displayed on the field.

7. Diagonal Cone Dribbling: One foot

3 Reps

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  • Set up cones in the pattern displayed on the field. Weave in and out of the cones using JUST ONE foot moving as fast as you can.
  • Set up cones in the pattern displayed on the field.

 

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