Team Tactics Dribbling in the Attacking Third

This is a great team tactic dribbling drill that focuses on when and where to dribble in the attacking third.

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  • This drill requires the attacking third of the field with a full size goal.
  • Split the team into 6 attackers, 6 defenders, a goalkeeper and a server.
  • The server will start around midfield with a supply of balls.
  • Defenders are instructed to play tight man-to-man defense.


  1. Attackers move to get free from their defender in order to receive a pass from the server.
  2. As the attacker receives the ball, they must immediately face his defender before dribbling.
  3. Their decision at this point should be
    1. take a shot if an opportunity exists.
    2. pass to a player in more advantageous spot.
    3. dribble to beat the defender.

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Coaching Points

  • Tight defense will create a risk in going forward, but a risk that must be taken in order to score.
  • Players work together to create space.
  • Players should dribble in the offensive third when a shot or pass is not available.
  • Beat the defender and get to the space behind
  • There is no support.

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: Team Tactics Dribbling in the Attacking Third
Tagged: dribbling in the attacking third, dribbling tactics, soccer dribbling tactics
Published by: Chris Johnson
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