Soccer Techniques - Basics


Dribbling is one of the fundamental aspects of soccer. Without good dribbling basic training, the player in possession stands no chance against the modern defender in a tackle.

The attacker must be adaptable and creative. So it’s important for him to possess a large repertoire of manoeuvres and have high speed once the ball is at his feet.

Which of the basic forms of dribbling outlined here are used depends on various factors. These include, in addition to the position of the attacker and defender, the speed of movement and the attacker’s intent.

1. Play

If the opponent is to be shaken off, this is mostly achieved through various manoeuvres.

The greater the training in the area of manoeuvres, the harder it is for the defender to respond to his opponent. It is often observed that many soccer players only possess two or three manoeuvres.

We have graphically portrayed some manoeuvres in the “Tricks" area. You should always be prepared in order to achieve an automatic motion sequence.

We split the manoeuvres down into:

a. Ball Manoeuvres

The ball is driven in one direction. If the opponent follows the ball, interrupt the run and start off with the ball in the opposite direction.

b. Eye Tricks

A pass is indicated with a glance. The pass doesn’t follow or occurs in another direction.

c. Speed Change

Faster change in running speed.

d. Body Manoeuvres

There is a decoy move of the body, the ball remains untouched.


Clearly carry out manoeuvres like these ones. Do not carry out the manoeuvre too far away from your opponent or too close.

2. Securing the Ball

The attacker slowly dribbles the ball at his feet and looks for a playing opportunity. The defender is not located close to the person dribbling.


Take your gaze off the ball.The ball is not dribbled close to the foot.

You will find dribbling drills in the "Dribbling" area.

3. Running with the Ball

The ball is secured. In securing the ball, gaining extra space is not the aim.


Dribble with both legs. Place your body between the opponent and the ball.

You will find drills for securing the ball in the “Tackling” area.

4. Driving the Ball

When driving, the ball is propelled forward with speedor even at a sprint. The ball is further from the foot. Short, quick steps occur between the ball touches in order to gain pace. The defender is not in the proximity of the ball. When driving the ball, what’s important is gaining space as quickly as possible.


Do not propel the ball with the inside of the foot. There should be short, quick steps between ball touches.

You will find ball-driving drills in the "Dribbling" area.

Dribbling - Basics
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