Improve Your Dribbling

Dribbling is an essential component to any soccer player’s game. The better you are at dribbling, the more comfortable you will be on the pitch. No matter how quick or conditioned an athlete you are, the only way to improve your dribbling skills is through routine soccer training. In order to become one with the ball, you need to practice all aspects of dribbling. Here are a few helpful tips, videos and drills to mix into your soccer training routine.

Dribbling tips

  • Practice with weak foot: One of the best ways to immediately improve your dribbling ability is strengthening your weak foot simply by forcing yourself to use it in drills. Doing so will help you execute all of your moves in each direction, making defenders guard both sides of your body.
  • Avoid eye contact with the ball: It’s important to be looking up while dribbling. If you’re locked in on the ball you’ll miss open passes or shots and limit your abilities on the pitch.
  • Practice dribbling with all surfaces of your foot: During any dribbling drill, try to use all surfaces of your foot so you can put the right touch on the ball in all situations and in any direction.

Dribbling drills and videos

  • Bayern Munich Dribbling Drill: This is a great dribbling drill that forces you to use both of your feet while challenging you to use all parts of your foot, too. Watch as the player dribbles between the cones and sprints back for added endurance training. Perform this drill for about a minute and a half and keep trying to improve how many times you go up and down with the ball.
  • Closed-Space Dribbling Drill: In this video, United States Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath guides you through the different variations of the closed-space drill and how it can improve your ability to dribble in tight spaces, use all surfaces of your feet and keep the ball close to your feet at all times.

Make sure to check back with Semper Soccer for more training tips, like how to improve your soccer skills, weight lifting exercises and other advice for continued success on the pitch.