D3. Dribbling – Technical

D3. Dribbling – Technical
1hr 45min
Quote of the Session:
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Small Sided Game 20 mins
Recognizing Opportunity to Penetrate and Score
​The Set-Up: (as pictured).

  • 40 x 30 area
  • 12 Players – 5v3+GK and 2 additional players acting as counter targets
  • Supply of balls with server – Coach

The Game:

  1. Attacking server (A) initiates the game by passing infield to teammate. This player is the only attacker who is allowed to make a forward pass. Backward passes only are allowed from this point.
  2. Players then play 5v3 to the full size goal.
  3. Attackers score by scoring in the full size goal, but may only advance the ball by dribbling.
  4. Defenders score by dispossessing attacking team and playing to one of their two counter targets.
  5. If ball goes out, or a goal is scored, play always restarts from the attacking server – coach.
  6. If attacking team makes a forward pass, play stops, and restarts from the server again.
  7. First team to 3 points win, and then roles reverse.
Coaching Points

  1. Attacking team should always look to dribble and get defense on back foot.
  2. Isolate players 1v1 and look to beat them and attack the space behind.
  3. Attack at full speed to unbalance defenders more easily.
  4. Look to exploit space created by retreating defenders.
  5. Quality of preparation touches before end action, whether this is a shot or a cross from the end line.

  1. P – Play becomes 5v4 in main area, with the defensive team playing to one central counter target.
  2. P – Shots may only be taken from inside the penalty area.
  3. R – Attacking team is allowed one forward pass in each attacking team.
Technical/Tactical 45 mins
The German Box Combined
3 to 4 players in each line, with at least 2 balls per line. 10×10 inner box with an outside box that is paced off (8 to 10 yds.) at an angle from the inner box.

Note: All groups should be participating at the same time.

Coaching Points
Exercise 1
Dribble in, in a controlled manner, around the disc without touching it, and accelerate back to your line. Once the first player begins to accelerate back, the next player in line dribbles in to the middle. Note: Coach should designate which side the players dribble toward the disc from, lessons the chance of collisions with teammates.
Variations: Just with right foot, left foot, outside of right, outside of left, etc.
Exercise 2
Dribble in to the right side of your disc, accelerate to the next line. Continue until you get back to your line a 2nd time.
Variations: Same thing, but the other direction, full circle around the disc before accelerating to the next line.
Exercise 3
A player stands, “on his/her toes” without a ball, about 2 yards past the inner disc. The first player in line passes the ball to the player in the middle, the player in the middle touches the ball behind the disc to the other side “clears the space” and accelerates back to the line. The player that passed the ball now runs into the middle and assumes the position of the middle player.
Variations: Change the side of the disc the player is standing at, have the ball in the hands of the players in line and toss the ball to the thigh, chest, head, etc.
Exercise 4
One ball per line. Dribble in and around disc, pass the ball to the next player in the line and run to the end of the new line (same as exercise 2, but you’ve added a pass)
Variation: After you pass the ball, move to support, players need to combine before they go into the middle. Change direction of the movement.
Coerver 1 v 1
Field should be approximately 25 yards wide x 20 yards long. Set-up 2 two yard goals with discs, place a blue disc in front of one side of the goal. This designates that that side of the goal can’t be attacked. 2 small nets can also be used faced the opposite way.
The first white player passes the ball across to the first red player. The Red player now attacks either goal. White moves quickly across to defend. If white wins the ball, he/she attacks either goal. Once a goal is scored or the ball goes out of bounds, the next white player passes the ball across and moves to defend.
Coaching Points

  • Firm pass across
  • Taking a player on
  • Recognition of which goal to attack
  • 1v1 Defending
  • Transition on loss of possession
  • Fitness
Rotation: White starts with the ball for 3 minutes and then switches roles with red. Allow each team to do both roles twice.
Variation: Play 2v2.
This exercise is best with groups of 8 to 12 players. It is physically demanding.
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.

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