Not Enough Balls
Purpose: Dribbling practice.
No of Players: 2 Teams of 4-6
Playing Area: 40*20m with the balls placed in the middle
Duration: 20 Sprints per player.
Outline: Teams line up opposite each other. The balls are placed directly in the middle. As the name of this Soccer Drill suggests, “not enough balls”, there is 2 balls less than the total number of players. ( 6 balls for 8 players). On the word go, both teams sprint towards the balls and retrieve as many balls as they can, dribbling them back to their starting point. One point is awarded for every ball that is retrieved.
Rules: Those players who are unable to find a spare ball must try and kick away as many balls from their opponents’ feet. Balls kicked out of play are lost; balls crossing the goal line gives that team 1 point. The important thing is that the players should dribble the ball across their line. Balls just kicked over the line do not count.
Remarks: One referee for each team is preferred.
The following soccer drill is designed to give players a sense of competition. For starters they need to sprint to gain possession of the ball, then dribble the ball back to their starting position. The player who gains possession of the ball after the sprint, must then try and defend the ball against their direct opponent. For the player who doesn’t gain the ball after the sprint, he must pressure the ball and try to kick the ball out of play. This soccer drill is performed at high intensity and also helps improve the players aerobic capacity. It also allows the player with the ball to work on his dribbling technique under pressure.
To view this Soccer Drill in animation press the link below:
After watching the animated Drill, you will notice that the Red Team scored 2 points, while the blue team scored 4. Ths sequence is repeated for a total of 20 sprints. The team with the most points wins.