Dribbling - 1 | Youth Soccer Drills & Skills



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Chop Dribbling involves quick, choppy steps and touching the ball with every step.  This is the most controlled type of dribbling and is usually utilized in a crowded area of the field while still allowing you to move the ball forward.

Chop Dribbling is difficult to master and takes lots of practice.  But the practice is worth it.  Practicing this dribbling technique allows you to quickly get hundreds and even thousands of touches on the ball.  These touches help you develop confidence and comfort with the ball at your foot.  In addition, mastering the Chop Dribble will provide a foundation upon which you can quickly learn other dribbling and ball control techniques.

Controlled Dribbling involves moving the ball down the field as quickly as possible while using the same foot to touch the ball every stride.  The part of the foot that touches the ball – laces, inside foot, outside foot – is irrelevant.  The idea is to get the same foot on the ball in whatever way is most appropriate.  Controlled Dribbling provides a nice balance of speed and control. 

Fast Dribbling involves kicking the ball about 3-5 paces ahead of you and then sprinting after it.  Keeping the ball closer to you results in slightly less speed than Speed Dribbling, but provides slightly more control of the ball.  Soccer University calls this move Speed Dribbling with the Ball.  I renamed this technique Fast Dribbling.  

REMINDER:  Because Fast Dribbling demands kicking the ball ahead you, the Inside Foot Ground Pass/Kick must be mastered first.  If you do not have a level of mastery over the Inside Foot Ground Pass/Kick it will be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to become skilled in Fast Dribbling.  

Fast Dribbling involves kicking the ball ahead and sprinting after it.  How can you effectively kick a ball ahead of you if you don’t know correct technique for kicking a ball?  It seems simple, but the reality is a significant percentage of youth players are unable to properly kick or pass a soccer ball.  While other kicks would also be appropriate, this is the easiest kick to learn and control. 


Chop Dribbling – Laces
SU 1 | 59:50

Chop Dribbling – Inside Foot
SU 1 | 1:06:16

Chop Dribbling – Outside Foot
SU 1 | 1:06:48

Controlled Dribbling
SU 1 | 1:08:28

Fast Dribbling
SU 1 | 1:16:45

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