Field size: 30 yards by 20 yards
Number of players: full team in pairs
Age range: 10-12
Description: Players get a partner and exchange passes back and forth within a square. But once they receive the ball they have to dribble off for five yards before they make the next pass back to their partner again.
It’s one pass and then dribble off, and one pass and then the other player dribbles off at speed. Players should focus on dribbling at speed once they take that first touch to control the ball out in front of themselves.
Incorporate a cut back, pull back, cruyff turn or chop into the drill, when players stop the ball after dribbling for five yards and look to pass the ball back to their partner.
Also, have players dribble with their weaker foot and inside of the feet, maybe passing the ball back and forth between their feet for a few yards and then make the pass to their partner. Switch things up so the players aren’t just working on dribbling, maybe they purposely push the ball five yards ahead with one touch, as though they were about to start on a breakaway.
Later, have players chip the ball up to themselves and see if they can juggle the ball three or four times into the space.
Equipment needed: Cones and practice vests.
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