Category Archives: Dribbling

Tackling Game

  • from GE
  • (most easily done around the center circle)
  • xs and os are each on a team
  • opposite lines are labeled 1 and 2
  • coach calls out a number
  • the player in that line from each team sprints a quarter around the circle, around the next cone and to the ball
  • whoever gets there first is on offense and attempts to bring the ball to their other line
  • the ball must be dribbled to the cone (or thereabouts; this can vary based on skill and level)
  • player stays in that line once they get there


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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in 1 v 1, Defending, Dribbling, Tackling


Simple Square Warm-up

Saw a coach-friend of mine doing this the other night before practice on the sideline before his field opened up, and seemed a good way to get some touches in before practice / as a warm-up.

  • cone square, maybe 10 or 15 yards
  • dribble to the first cone, and cut around it, without knocking the cone over / touching the cone
  • next player starts when the one in front hits the first cone
  • proceed around the square
  • progression: self-pass inside the cones but run around the outside of the cone; work on touch
  • progression: specify which foot and/or surface to use
  • progression: reverse direction, especially if foot restrictions keep them using one foot in earlier versions

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Turn and Burn


ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

And here’s a still (easier to put into a practice plan). I think the one thing I tend to forget is that the defender stays in the middle and receives the next pass.

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Dave Hancock – What I Learned About Constructing a Training Session from my Days with Jose Mourinho – The Star Pattern

  • Hancock focuses on the Star Pattern because it is both consistent and flexible and, more important perhaps, because it focuses on game-specific movements: cutting, change of direction, short sprinting
  • Warm-up
  • Stations of different patterns
  • Passing through the star
  • Dribbling through the star: balls in a triangle in the middle, dribble to triangle, stop ball, get another, dribble to another point, turn, and repeat
  • Dribbling around defenders: similar to above, replace triangle with dummies; dribble to dummies and turn / ‘beat’ them through the star

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.


Soccer Rugby


  • scrimmage but following the rugby passing rule, i.e. no forward passes
  • ball can be advanced only by dribbling or shooting

Perpendicular 1 v 1 Defending



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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in 1 v 1, Attacking, Dribbling, Tackling


Touch Warm-up

At my son’s U12 skills clinic and I like the warm up they just did:

  • In a circle, everyone holding a ball.
  • Feet are moving in a jogging-in-place way (i.e. more than just active).
  • Coach calls out a body part (thigh, head, etc.) and players throw it up in the air and touch it back to their hands under control.
  • This continues. Coach can also call ground, in which case they put the ball on the ground and continue to jog in place.
  • This was only done with thigh and head but I can see foot being included and even punching / catching for goalies.
  • Also, a competition aspect can be added, i.e. as the commands speed up, some penalty for holding the group up: if you make a bad touch and can’t control the ball before the next call, everyone does 5 push-ups, or something similar.