How to develop dribbling in soccer: 13 steps (with pictures)

How to develop dribbling in soccer: 13 steps (with pictures)
How to develop dribbling in soccer: 13 steps (with pictures)

In football it is important to control and handle the ball. Dribbling well will allow you to create spaces to make passes and land strikes. Do you want to improve this fundamental skill? You can practice a number of dribbling techniques with multiple parts of both feet. This will help you control the ball, move better, and have better balance to move the ball better during the game.


Part 1 of 2: Developing a good basic dribbling technique

Step 1. Touch the ball gently

Whenever you come into contact with the ball in soccer, it is referred to as a "touch". With delicate touches, you can receive the ball more often. This will slow you down at first, but when you get used to the touch it will give you more control of your ball.

The more your foot touches the ball, the more control you have over its movement

Step 2. Hold the ball close to your foot

Your knees should be bent as you pass the ball using the inner part of your foot. Your body should be between the defender and the ball. This will also allow you to quickly change direction.

When you keep the ball close to your foot, defenders have a harder time intercepting it. This is called protecting the ball

Step 3. Use the tip of your foot to dribble

To dribble or circulate the ball, you will need to pass it between the inside sides of your foot. At the same time, speed up and don't just run towards the opponent. Acceleration will allow you to keep the ball close to your foot at all times. The hip kick and touch that occurs during acceleration will also propel you. Keep the tip of your foot forward as you accelerate. This keeps the ball on the tip of your foot and gives you more speed and balance.

This does not apply for hooks, changes of direction, etc. It's just about getting the ball around the grass with the most control

Step 4. Keep the ball in the lower field of your peripheral vision

Beginners in particular often tend to focus all of their attention on the ball when practicing dribbling. Instead, you should practice keeping the ball in the lower field of your peripheral vision as much as possible.

Keeping the ball in a low field of view will make it easier to focus your attention on the rest of the pitch. This can allow you to find weaknesses in defenses, free teammates, dangerous positions, etc

Step 5. Change the pace

Proceeding in a predictable manner is the easiest way to come face to face with a defender. Make changes in the way you dribble. This way you will be able to change the pace in a more fluid and confusing way to take out the defenders.

Step 6. Use your body to protect the ball

When a defender approaches, protect the ball with your body. You can use your whole body to protect it. Use your arms, legs and shoulders to keep the defender away from the ball. That said, don't push your opponent, don't push him or her either. You can also try to keep the ball on the foot as far away from the defender as possible.

Part 2 of 2: do dribbling exercises

Step 1. Practice dribbling on a lawn

Find a large, empty space that you can practice at speed while working on the fine touches and toe control. Keep the ball a few feet away from you rather than very far in front of you. In open space, your acceleration should feel more like a race, as you won't really need to control the ball.

Step 2. Practice the speed dribbling

It's like driving the ball across the pitch with speed and control. To do this properly, your foot should be turned slightly at ankle level and the toe of the foot should point down. This way the front outer part of your shoe will touch the ball just above the center toe.

This method should allow you to hit the ball about 5 times out of 8 attempts. Try to hit the ball while you are running without having to slow down considerably

Step 3. Make internal and external dribbles through cones with one foot

Place 5 cones about a meter apart and use one foot to control the ball through these cones. Once you pass the 5 cones, simply repeat the exercise in the opposite direction. You can do this over and over. For example, take 3 (or more) round trips before taking a break.

  • If you drop the cones it will mean you are going too fast or not having enough control of the ball. Slow down until you no longer drop the cones.
  • Since in football it is extremely important to be able to use both feet, do not perform this dribble using only your dominant foot. Do the exercise, take a break, and then do it with the other foot.

Step 4. Do cone crossing exercises with both feet

These exercises should be done with the inside of each foot. Pass the ball between the cones with one foot and then do the same with the other while passing the ball through the following cones. This lateral movement is particularly good for making sudden changes of direction.

You don't necessarily need to touch the ball with each foot between the cones. You will need to control it with the inside of your foot before you use it to pass the ball. Control it and practice making crosses as quickly as possible. If you are forced to watch the ball as you pass the cones enter, you should keep working until you know where the ball is without even looking

Step 5. Do internal and external crossover exercises between the cones with both feet

Push the ball between the cones with the inside of the ankle whose side you use to start. If you start by passing the ball from the left side of the cones, then use your left foot. Then use the tip of the other foot to extend the movement of the ball through the other cones.

Take another step with the first foot without touching the ball. Then use the inside of the ankle of the fine tip of the previous foot to control it. Start this movement from the next set of cones

Step 6. Practice rolling exercises in the internal direction of the cones

Put your foot on top of the ball and then spin it through the cones. You should spin the ball at such an angle that it will pass over the tip of the foot you are using to roll it when you remove the foot. You will then use the inside of the ankle of the other foot to control the ball before sketching the rolling motion again to pass the ball back.

As with the inner-outer crossover, take a step with the first foot that rolled the ball between the stop of the inside of the foot and the next movement. This allows you to position yourself well

Step 7. Practice passing the ball back and forth without the cones

You can just make double contacts without the cones. Start by passing the ball between your two feet without any forward movement. Simply use the inside of both feet to pass the ball back and forth. Do this exercise at different speeds while introducing forward and backward movements.


  • Make sure you are doing dribbling exercises with both feet and not leaning too much on your dominant foot. Being able to use both feet means better ball control.
  • Watch professionals at work. Try watching videos and observe their movements and feints.
  • First work the dribble, then the speed. The speed will come from repeating the exercises.
  • Keep in mind that in a real game it is always better to give a good pass than to try to eliminate a defender. The goal of dribbling is to create spaces for passing or hitting, not just dodging with footwork.
  • Lift your head so you don't run straight for another player. Also try to pass the ball to another player with the outside of the foot instead of the inside.
  • You can combine all of these techniques or even create your own versions or combinations to work on specific dribbles.
  • Learn to control the ball as it is the basis of football, not to mention dribbling, first touch, and passing.
  • Try to find a partner who would like to play defense against you. You improve faster when you train with another person rather than doing it on your own.

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