Drill #1 — Toe Touches With Movement of Ball/Toe Touches in Circle
Instruction: While performing basic toe touches, players should focus on advancing the ball forward or pulling the ball back toward them with each soft touch. This improves control, touch and general dribbling capability.
Progression: While performing toe touches, ball stays in approximately the same place as the player rotates around the ball.
Note: More advanced players can focus on speed however ball control is the aim of this drill.
Drill #2 — Inside-Inside; Inside-Inside Moving Laterally; Inside-Inside Forward/Back
Instruction: Player alternates using inside of feet — right-left-right-left — in quick succession to keep the ball moving quickly between their feet.
Progression: Player uses same inside-inside technique, but now attempts to move right for 4-5 yards, then back to the left 4-5 yards as they do it.
Progression: Player now moves forward, then back while using the inside-inside technique.
Note: Player should focus on ball control first, then build up speed as they get comfortable.
Drill #3 — Inside-Inside Roll, Inside-Inside Pull Turn
Instruction: Player alternates using inside of feet — right-left-right-left — on next touch, player rolls the sole of their foot sideways over the top of the ball to make it roll 2-4 yards to the side, where they will shuffle over and re-engage with the ball using a left-right-left-right-left combination to drag the ball back the other way.
Progression: Same alternating of inside touches, but then using a pull turn technique to change direction rather than a rollover. while developing confidence in using both the inside and outside of each feet.
Note: Player can take extra left-right touches to set themselves up to make a proper rollover or pull turn until they get comfortable with the skills. They should work up to taking no more than 4 touches before a change of direction.
Drill #4 — Inside-Inside Escape
Instruction: Player alternates using inside of feet — right-left-right — then on next touch, player uses the outside of their left foot to change direction (dipping shoulder to get low, as if dribbling away from a defender). Repeat the same sequence in reverse, using the outside of the right foot to go back the other direction.
Progression: Same alternating of inside touches, but then using a pull turn technique rather than a rollover. while developing confidence in using both the inside and outside of each feet.
Note: More advanced players can focus more on speed and/or perform drill with someone else defending
Drill #5 — Trapping the ball
Instruction: Player throws ball into the air above them, then uses feet, thighs or chest — pulling away from the ball immediately after contact to “deaden” the ball — to first establish control of the ball and thinking about secondary movement/ technique after the initial trap.
Note: More advanced players should perform proper trap technique than secondary movement (pass or individual advancement of ball)
Drill #6 — Receive/One Touch/Control and Pass Drill
Instruction: Player should focus on receiving ball (passed from a partner) using proper technique — pulling their foot away immediately after contact to “deaden” the ball. Once ball is controlled, player takes one touch with the outside of either foot to create space (“take the ball somewhere new”), then pass the ball back to their partner or to a designated area/position where their partner can meet the ball.
Note: Passes should be approximately 8-12 feet
Drill #7 — Shielding Techniques Drill
Instruction: Player receives a pass from a partner, then shields their partner from the ball as they advance to try and steal it. Then players alternate roles.
Note: Passes should be approximately 10-15 feet
Drill #8 — 1v1 Moves To Beat a Defender
Instruction: Player dribbles at a defender or cone, then just before reaching it uses a change-of-direction move or combination of moves (step over, scissors, escape using outside of foot to push the ball to the outside, pull back-and-V, for example) to avoid/go around that defender.
Note: Player should try different moves or combination of moves, practicing until their movements are fluid. Quick decision making, quick feet and technique are the focus of this drill.
Drill #9 — One-Touch Shooting Drill
Instruction: Players receive a ball from a partner while it is in motion, and shoot towards a goal. There are various ways for the player to receive the ball — a lay-off pass from another player (who has his/her back to goal) or from a directional roll.
Note: Player should focus on striking the ball (with the laces of their boots) while it is in motion rather than stopping the ball, then shooting. Player should practice receiving This becomes critical as your player becomes older and more advanced.
Drill #10 — Basic Juggling
Instruction: Starting with the ball in their hands, player drops the ball toward their feet, then uses their feet, thighs and/or head (if they feel comfortable) to keep the ball from hitting the ground.
Progression: Starting with ball on the ground, player uses a pullback technique to roll the ball onto one foot and pop it up in the air to start their juggling.
Progression: Starting with ball on the ground, player uses a pullback with one foot to roll the ball onto their other foot in order to pop it up to start juggling.
Note: Initial focus should be on technique, keeping touches light and controlled so that the ball does not bound away. Eventually, try to get 10 touches before the ball hits the ground, then 20, then 50, then 100, then ??? Keep track of your own progress!