Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Dribbling Level 1

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Barry McGrellis
Name: Barry McGrellis
City: Alexandria
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 3 points
Membership: Young Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Aimed at increasing comfort and composure on the ball with little to no defensive pressure added. Maximum touches and repetitions.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Warm Up
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Warm Up (15 mins)

All players have a ball each. Coach delivers various instructions, players react and perform the given action.

Instructions:

1. Inside only

2. Outside only

3. Sole only

4. Sprint (laces)

5. Stop (Toe taps)

6. Swap (Stop and dynamic stretch to another ball)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Gate Progressions

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Gate Progressions (20 mins)

Again each player has their own ball. Players begin dribbling and counting how many gates they can go through in a given time (2 mins).

-In this phase emphasise maximum number of touches, players will try to go too fast and lose control by taking fewer, larger touches. Demonstrate the effectiveness of many small, controlled touches with all the surfaces of the foot.

Next the coach will enter as a passive defender. Block gates but do not try to take the ball from players. Inform them that you won't dispossess them so they don't sacrifice their form due to pressure. Again reinforce the importance of small touches and keeping the ball close to maintain control and, as a consequence, possession.

To progress with a more advanced group, begin at the passive pressure phase and move on to a high pressure phase. Two defenders stand at opposite corners without a ball, one at A and one at B. Interior players each have a ball and have 30 seconds with no defenders to dribble through as many gates as they can. After 30 secs the defenders are released and must try to knock other players' balls out of the area.

Emphasise slightly larger touches with the laces while there is no defensive pressure, switching to smaller, more controlled touches with the inside of the foot.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Dribble / RWB Race

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Dribble / RWB Race (20 mins)

2,3, or 4 teams depending on group size. Simple relay race; first player must dribble through the slalom of red cones before running with the ball to the yellow cone and back to the starting line, Player must stop the ball on the line before the next player can go to insure they have control of the ball.

Again reinforce the importance of control and composure over speed and hurry in the opening slalom section. Player should use the insides of their feet and keep the ball close to them. When the players transition to the second part of the race they should take larger touches with their laces.

Players should never be chasing the ball, they dictate its pace, it doesn't dictate theirs. They must try and find the balance between speed and control.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Conditioned Game

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Conditioned Game (15 mins)

No goalkeepers. No forward passing in your opponent's half. In the defensive half players may pass in any direction they wish. In the attacking half, possession may be retained by passing laterally or backwards but to make any forward progress players must practice the dribbling techniques covered in the previous drills.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Scrimmage

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Scrimmage (15 mins)

2 Goalkeepers, Regular rules. Coach players individually at appropriate moments without stopping the game.


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