#1 Strategy to Improve Soccer Dribbling to beat a defender
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As a coach, I’ve watched many players who can do every trick in the book in the blink of an eye. A scissors in the sleep…a stepover without thinking… Ronaldo’s, Cruyff’s, Maradona’s, Puskas’, pullbacks, cuts, cutbacks, dummies, elastico’s, and the ever popular change of speed change of direction. The problem with having every trick in the book is knowing when and how to employ those skills. The name of the game is to put the ball in the back of the net. I’m going to give you the #1 secret on how to beat any defender and a training on how to get better at it.
The key to improve soccer dribbling is all about the distances and when you make and employ the moves you have in your toolbox. Hear me out.
If you wait until a defender is right on top of you, there is no time or space to make a move, you have been closed down.
If you are 5 yards from a defender and make your move, the defender still has time to recover.
The key is to be about 3-4 feet away from a defender when you make your move. Get your momentum going forward, do your move, then accelerate into the space once you have make the defender hesitate.
The key to improve soccer dribbling is all about distances and when you make your moves. Too soon, and there is time to recover…too late and you will be stripped of the ball. The key is in the 3-4 feet range.
Use this Drill to Improve soccer dribbling at home. You can do this with 1 person, 2 people or 3 people as I show here. If you want to try with 1 person, just dribble at a cone or a stationary object. With 2 people, you can take turns being the attacker and the passive defender. With 3 people, see the video below.
Coaching Points to Improve Soccer Dribbling
- Play the Ball to the Attacker, close down at 50%.
- Do not try to win the ball, just shape your body about 5 yards from the attacker.
- Attacker, get your speed up, make your move at 3-4 feet from attacker and then explode into space by the defender.
- Attacker plays the next player and then closes down as a defender.
Work on this training for 10-15 minutes to improve soccer dribbling and work on getting the right distances from defenders to make your moves and find success.
Get out there and train.