Soccer / Ball Control

Driving School

This is a ball control soccer drill that teaches many basic dribbling soccer skills for all ages. Set-up is easy in that everyone has a soccer ball. It teaches control dribbling soccer skills, using the bottom of foot to stop, pullbacks and using the outside of the right foot and left foot.

"This is Driving School & I'm your Instructor. I'm going to teach you how to drive but you must listen carefully & do exactly what I say."

Each player has a ball & must stay inside the cones. Coach uses a ball to demonstrate what each of the instructions means:

a. "Go" - Start dribbling ("Keep the ball near your feet & look up while you dribble so you don't run into someone").

b. "Stop" - Put foot on top of ball to stop it

c. "Slow" - Dribble slow

d. "Speed Up" - Dribble faster but keep looking up & don't "wreck".

e. "Turn right" - Use the outside of the right foot to push the ball to the right & then dribble in that direction. (This teaches them to stop & turn the ball using the outside of the foot). Be sure they know which is the right foot.

f. "Turn left" - Use the outside of the left foot to push the ball to the left & then dribble in that direction. (If U-6 get confused about which is right & left, it's okay. Don't stop the game).

g. "Pull back & go the other way" - Use the bottom of foot to pull the ball back (i.e., flick it backward) & then turn around & go the other way.

h. For U-10 & up, include "Steparound" when the ball is stopped or going slow. (See "Steparound" game for how to do it).