Football/Soccer Session (Moderate): 1v1 Midfield dribbling (Cruijff dribbling)

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Ken Sweda
Name: Ken Sweda
City: Naperville
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 7 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


A 1v1 line-dribbling exercise designed to improve open field dribbling.

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Screen 1 (25 mins)

This is a 1v1 line soccer exercise designed to simulate midfield/open-field dribbling. The object is for one attacker (blue) to dribble to the other side while maintaining possession, while being engaged by one defender (yellow) at a time, approaching from differing angles.

The image one should have as the attacker is that of Johan Cruijff in the open field, manipulating defenders from a distance, rather than close proximity.

Grid is 20x20 (two 10x20 adjacent grids)

Attackers begin at station A, defenders at station D. One by one, attackers take on defenders, until all pairs have gone, then attackers all move to station B. Battles repeat, now between stations B and D.

Process repeats between following stations: C/D, A/E, B/E, C/E, A/F, B/F, C/F.

Run through the entire process again with Attackers and Defenders reversing roles.

Coaching points:

-Attackers: Manipulate the defender and utilize all the available space. Dont allow defender to track you to a single "engagement point", change your point of attack early (and often) if needed.

-Defender: Don't overcommit to one line of pursuit, try to keep the battle on your terms by being adaptable.

-This is "open field" dribbling, try to maintain a cushion of space, try not to invite a close-quarters encounter where "footskills" are needed. Rely on early/continuous change of direction, and change of pace when the time to overtake the defender presents itself.

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