Nothing is more fundamental to soccer than dribbling. In the video below Charlie Cooke, Director of Coerver Coaching USA, instructs players in a dribbling session that is part of his Fast Break Attack demonstration at a Glazier Soccer Clinic. Coach Cooke is a former professional soccer player from Scotland that played in both the Scottish Premier Division and English Premier Division. He was also a successful high school soccer coach and helped start Coerver Coaching.
This drill is set up by splitting players into two groups or teams. There are two grids side by side which teams starting on opposite ends. The players are instructed to dribble the ball to the end of their grid and make a simple move, such as an outside or inside cut, then dribble back to their line. One player on the first team starts and the first player on the second team is not allowed to start until they reach the end of the grid, which is straight across from their starting line. Coach Cooke adds different moves that the players can do including a hop and hesitation, step kick, and fake inside kick. The players are given the freedom to choose which one they want to do, but each player must do one move while dribbling back and forth in the grid.
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There are several important parts of this drill that coaches can take away and apply to their teams. First, it’s essential that all players dribble the ball fast and under control. Encourage your players to go as fast as possible without making mistakes. Second, the moves should be done quickly while adding in a change of pace when possible. The goal is to try and get the defender off balance if you were attacking in a game. Finally, the competition between the two teams should push players to go fast and not want to lose. Any time you can add competition and get players competing in drills, your players improve and your team improves.