Shadow Dribbling

This shadow soccer dribbling drill uses partners who do not attempt to gain possession of the ball but adds extra pressure as they follow the dribbler around and tries to imitate the lead dribblers every move.

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Soccer Shadow Dribbling Drill


  1. Create a small grid approximately 20X20 yards.
  2. Instruct players to pair up each player with a soccer ball.


  1. The lead dribbler dribbles around inside the grid while the shadow dribbler attempts to mimic the lead dribbler's every move by keeping a good close distance.
  2. Change leaders after a minute.

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Coaching Points

  • lift head, eyes up
  • close control
  • control of body movements
  • use all parts of their feet while dribbling (inside, outside, top, bottom).
  • change of direction
  • change of pace
  • find space
  • dribble with speed
  • encourage players to be creative

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U4, U-4, Under 4, 4 and Under
  • U5, U-5, Under 5, 5 and Under
  • U6, U-6, Under 6, 6 and Under
  • U7, U-7, Under 7, 7 and Under
  • U8, U-8, Under 8, 8 and Under

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Soccer Drill Titled: Shadow Dribbling
Tagged: Soccer Shadow Dribbling Drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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