Dribbling with Speed,Recognizing When to Dribble

This dribbling soccer drill will help players recognize when to make runs and get comfortable making those runs with speed.

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Soccer Dribbling with Speed,Recognizing When to Dribble Drill


  1. Create two 20X20 yard grids about 12 yards apart.
  2. One grid starts with five attackers and two defenders
  3. The other grid starts with four attackers and two defenders.
  4. The 5v2 grid will start the play.


  1. Players are instructed to make X number of passes (X depends on the age and skill level of the players).
  2. After x number of passes, players should choose a good opportunity to advance to the other grid on the dribble at match speed.
  3. Upon entering the new grid, the player should make a good passing decision to keep the game fluid and away from the defending players.
  4. Supporting players should open up the grid by getting wide and spreading out as much as possible.

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  • Restrict the number of touches per player while inside the grid.
  • Allow one defender to track the dribbler and enter the opposing grid.

Coaching Points

  • Carry ball at speed
  • Make the right decision when to dribble across the grid.
  • Make good decisions when entering the opposite grid.
  • Make the correct decision to keep possession.
  • Players in the opposite grid should get wide to give space and options to the advancing attacker.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Scrimmage Pennies/Vests
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: Dribbling with Speed,Recognizing When to Dribble
Tagged: Soccer Dribbling with Speed,Recognizing When to Dribble Drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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