Kinder Dribbling

This section covers the various techniques you can teach to your players.  The better grasp you have of the techniques, the better you will be able to teach them to your players.  Note: all techniques should be practiced with both feet to ensure players do not develop a “strong foot” and a “weak foot.”
Dribbling is the art of using the feet to advance the ball, on the ground, under control, while moving. The two primary reasons to use dribbling skills are: 
  • to move the ball into a better position on the field. 
  • to retain possession of the ball. 
Dribbling is one of the ways to achieve penetration, the Attacking Principle of Play for this age group. 

The most important element of dribbling is developing a “feel” or “touch” for the ball with the feet…BOTH OF THEM. The key is then to keep the ball close by touching it softly.

Dribbling Basics

  • Use all major surfaces of the foot. 
  • Knees should be slightly bent and body leaning slightly over the ball for balance. 
  • Players should play with their head up, enabling them to see the field as well as the ball by utilizing peripheral vision as their ability progresses. 
  • Ball should be kept close. 
    • Encourage players to touch the ball softly.
    • Close control of the ball should be emphasized. 
    • Players should attempt to touch the ball every other step (or so). 
    • Ball should never be more than a step or two away.