Dribbling Moves

This is a list of some of the more popular moves to help you when working with your players.  These are all good to show players and you can begin most training sessions with the players working on them while getting ample touches to begin the session (5-10 minutes).

 

To Develop Touch (Beginner, Intermediate)
To Turn Away from Pressure (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
To Beat An Opponent (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

 

 NOTE:  all moves should be taught with the players exploding or accelerating away from defender after making the move.

 

 

To Develop Touch (Beginner)

Hat-Dance
(Toe touches)

Lightly tap the top of the ball using the front sole of the foot, alternating taps with either foot. Try to keep the ball from moving by tapping gently from the top. When the ball can be kept still, try "Around the World" by taking slightly larger steps as you come down from each tap so that you manage to circle the ball.

Drag Back

Alternating feet and using a skipping-type step, pull the ball backwards with light touches using the sole of your foot.

Push Forward

Alternating feet and using a skipping type step, push the ball forward with light touches using the sole of your foot.

Inside/Outside Cuts (Snake)

Do a series of easy cuts/taps with the inside, then outside, of the same foot so that the ball "snakes" across the field as you move along. Repeat with opposite foot. As they progress, encourage the players to exaggerate the moves so that they must stretch and reach to cut the ball back.

Tic-Toc (Boxing, Foundation)

Using the inside front edges of the feet, knock the ball back and forth rapidly between the feet, so that the ball is in constant motion and the ball is redirected with every touch. Basically, the ball is being "boxed" from one side to the other, then back again.  Players need to be sure to bend knees so it is more of a running motion.

 

To Develop Touch (Intermediate)

Pull-Back/Push Forward

Push ball forward and pull it back with the sole, then tap ball forward with the instep of the same foot. Alternate Feet

Side to Side Push-Pull

Tap ball back and forth with inside of feet, push ball forward with one foot and pull it back with the sole of the opposite foot.

Inside roll

Roll the ball to the inside of your body, using the sole of one foot. Try to position the sole of the foot on the ball towards the outside edge, so that the ball rotates just enough to allow you to put your rolling foot down briefly so that you can keep moving in the same direction. Repeat, going in the opposite direction with the other foot.

Outside roll

Roll the ball towards the outside of your body, using the sole of one foot. Try to position the sole of the foot on the ball towards the inside edge, so that the ball rotates just enough to allow you to put your rolling foot down briefly so that you can keep moving in the same direction. Repeat, going in the opposite direction with the other foot.

Side to Side Step-On

Roll ball to outside with the sole by stepping lightly on the ball, then tap ball back to the inside with the inside of the foot.

 

To Turn Away From Pressure (Beginner)

Inside of the Foot Cut

Use inside of right foot to reach over ball which is on right foot and moving slightly towards right (directly towards defender), then swivel hips and cut ball back sharply to left with the inside of right foot.

Outside of the Foot Cut

With ball travelling directly towards defender, reach over the ball with the outside of the right foot and pull ball sharply back towards the right and back.

Pull-back

Place sole of right foot on ball. Pull/roll the ball behind you.  Be sure to turn with the ball, not after the ball has been pulled back.

 

To Turn Away From Pressure (Intermediate)


“L”

Pull back behind standing leg with the sole.  Immediately push ball behind standing leg with inside of same foot.

Vee

Make a V-shaped pattern, starting at the top of the V, pulling the ball down towards the center of the body, then pushing the ball back out to the other leg of the V. Variations include switching legs after each Vee, and alternating inside or outside start of the Vee.

Vee II

the Vee starts as above. However, when pulled back to the midline, the opposite leg of the V is made by a push-pass with the inside of the same foot or the outside of the opposite foot.

Inside of the Foot Chop

With ball travelling forward at speed, do pivoting hop on plant foot while reaching over ball with inside of right foot; chop across path of ball with laces; and then pull ball back with inside of right foot.

Cruyff (pronounced like St. Croix, with an f on the end)

Right foot fakes a pass or kick, but circles around and in front of the ball (pointing at other foot at 90 degree angle). Using inside of the right foot, push the ball behind leg and spin off to left. Basically, a fake kick with a between the leg cut.

 

To Turn Away From Pressure (Advanced)

Stepover

With ball moving, step around front of ball crossing legs so ball is outside of stepover foot, pivot and take the ball with the other foot.

Rivelino

Same as stepover, but take the ball with outside of stepover foot.

 

To Beat An Opponent (Beginner)

Lunge

Step behind ball as if preparing to take it with outside of one foot, fake, then take it with the outside of the opposite foot.  

Front Roll

While moving forward, pull ball across body with sole and take with outside of opposite foot.

Cap

Cut ball with inside of foot slightly backward and take ball ahead with the inside of the opposite foot.

Scissors

Starting with the ball to one side, step around in front of ball so that the ball ends up between your legs.  Take the ball in the opposite direction with the outside of the other.

 

To Beat An Opponent (Intermediate)

Inside Circle Turn/ Inside Beckenbauer

With inside of the right foot, cut ball to left, cut again to keep turning, and then cut again so that you end up heading forward again (Newer/smaller players may require 1-2 additional touches to complete the circle). Get them to aim for as few touches as possible to keep control.

Outside Circle Turn/ Outside Beckenbauer

When approaching a defender, do outside cut to pull ball, a second cut to keep turning, and then a third to accelerate away forwards.

Double Scissors

With ball moving, pull a scissors step with one foot, then the other before taking ball with the outside of first scissors foot.

Gascoigne

Place tip of sole of left foot on top of ball to stop ball. As soon as defender bites or hesitates, explode quickly forward using front of left foot (or a quick toe poke). Modifications include using a slight roll-back, followed by a quick acceleration.

Stepover - Scissors

Ball rolling.  Stepover followed by scissors with same foot and take with outside of other foot.

Matthews

Fake with inside of foot nudging ball by dipping shoulder, then take ball in the opposite direction with the outside of same foot.  (Younger players can place foot on ground between the two touches.  Older players should make the two touches without touching the ground (doing a slight hop step between the touches))

Swivel Hips

Use inside of right keep ball moving slightly towards right (directly towards defender), then swivel hips and cut ball back sharply to left with the inside of right foot.

 

To Beat An Opponent (Advanced)

Beardsley (double hip swivel)

When running with ball, quickly swivel hips to left, as if to pass with right foot. When defender bites, quickly swivel hips back to right, and take ball away with inside of left foot.

Maradona/ Garrincha/ 360 Turn

Place left foot on ball, jump and rotate body about 180 while foot is still on top of ball, then pull back around another 180 degrees. Basically, a circle turn using a piroette to turn and then a sole-drag to finish the turn.