U10 Practice Session - Dribbling with Parts of the Feet

Practice Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2018

This practice plan includes drill that allow players to work on dribbling with an emphasis on using different parts of their foot to control the ball. The practice includes the following structure:

  • 3 vs 3 Small Sided Game (10 minutes)
  • Gatekeepers (15 minutes)
  • Direct 2 vs 1's (15 minutes)
  • 5 vs 5 Scrimmage (15 minutes)

End of Practice Discussion

Bring your players in for the last five minutes of practice and recap your session using open-ended questions.

  • When should we use little touches vs. big touches? (little touches in tight spaces and big touches in space so we can build up speed faster).
  • How can the dribbling of the person with the ball open space for their teammate?
  • When the teammate gets the ball, where would their first touch go? (towards goal!).


30 x 20 3 vs. 3 Small Sided Game

30 yard by 20 yard 3 on 3 soccer small sided game


Create two 30x20yd fields with a 2yd goal on each endline. Divide players into four teams and play 3v3. Play two-minute games, and rotate teams after every game to play a new one. Encourage the teams to keep score, and try to beat each team they play.

Coaching Points

None. Let the players play and make mistakes. Only intervene if it is taking too long to get ball back in play.

Gatekeepers - Soccer Dribbling Activity

Gatekeepers - Soccer Dribbling Activity


  • Every player needs to have a ball. (except for a couple gatekeepers). Spread pairs of cones around the grid about a yard apart from each other. Each set of cones is called a ‘gate.’
  • Players have 45 seconds to dribble through as many gates as they can. Players need to keep track of their score.
  • The gatekeepers stand in the middle of a gate making it 'closed.' Gatekeepers must switch and go stand in a different gate every 4 seconds. After 45 seconds, stop game and ask each player what they got. Repeat and ask them to beat their own scores.

Coaching Points

  • Players need to take close, tight touches when dribbling through a gate and larger touches when they are trying to build up speed to get to the next gate. Players need to look around so they know which gates are closed, and take their next touch towards an open one.
  • Talk to players about using different sides of their feet to change direction. Stress the importance of using both feet. A two footed players is twice as good as a one footed player!

Direct 2 vs. 1's

Direct 2 vs. 1's - Soccer 2 on 1 Drill for U12


  • Make two fields depending on numbers to reduce size of lines.
  • Game starts with first player in defending line passing ball to the first person in either of the opposing lines.
  • Once the ball is passed, the first players from each line come out and play 2v1. The attacking team is trying to score on the goal. If the defending player gets the ball, they have to dribble over the end line between the two attacking lines.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, the game is over, and the next three go. Try to keep the game moving fast to limit wait times in lines.
  • Keep score, and switch lines after 10 balls. Continue with score and play again.

Coaching Points

  • Player with ball needs to make the defender ‘commit’ before passing to teammate. Do this by dribbling at defender so they get closer to you and open up more space for your teammate.
  • Once a defender commits, you can either pass or dribble yourself around them.
  • Communication!

35 x 25 5 vs. 5 Scrimmage

Soccer Scrimmage - 35 x 25 yard field 5 on 5 with goalies


  • Play 5v5. If your numbers are short, decrease size of field to 30x20 and play 4v4.
  • Cones for goals are 5yds wide and use goalkeepers.


None! Just sit back and let them play. Help remind them of the rules for their age group: offside, thrown-ins, goalkicks and corners. Place a few cones down to divide the field into thirds to mark the ‘Build-out Line,’ and show them what they need to do when the GK has the ball.