Week 14 Ball Handling: Dribbling w/Feet & Avoiding an Opponent





Dribbling w/Feet & Avoiding the Opponent


Equipment Needed

Soccer balls or Playground balls, Spots, Control Cones, Music, Boom Box,

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Travel and dribble safely without touching anyone or anything.
  2. Dribble the soccer ball using the three directions; forward, backward and sideways.
  3. Use change of direction to avoid an opponent


  1. Verbally describe the steps to dribbling and trapping the ball.
  2. Describe to a partner what they did to avoid the obstacles as they dribbled the ball.


  1. Have Fun




Entrance Routine
Welcome, get a ball, dribble it to a spot.  Trap it on your spot and wait for the next direction!
Part 1



When the music starts playing, you are going to dribble around inside the boundaries.  When the music stops, trap your soccer ball and freeze.  Remember to dribble with control so that your soccer ball is close enough to freeze right when the music stop.

Play this game for the duration of at least one song.

Freeze, dribble your ball to a spot, trap it on the spot and be ready to listen.
Part 2

New skill or concept

Discuss the idea that there is only one ball in a game, and the other team will all be trying to get the ball.  One of the ways to keep them from getting the ball is to dribble away from them by changing directions.

“When I say go, Begin dribbling your soccer ball while you move in a forward direction.  When you get to a new spot, trap your ball on the spot.  Keep traveling to new spots in a forward direction till I say freeze.”

After everyone is traveling to new spots, trapping and traveling forward, move onto going backwards. When you are traveling backwards, what parts of your foot can help you dribble backwards? (Bottom, heel)  Continue practicing with Sideways traveling and dribbling.  What parts of the foot work best for sideways traveling and dribbling?  (inside and outside)

(Be sure to cover all three directions.  Once you have verbally guided the students to traveling in all the directions while they travel you can move onto part three.)

Trap the ball on a spot that matches the color of your ball!
Part 3


“When you begin dribbling use a forward direction.  When you get to a spot, trap the ball and then choose a different direction to move to another spot.  Keep going to new spots, trying a different direction to use while traveling to the spots.  See if you can get to all the spots before I say freeze.  (Give the class at least a minute or two to do this.   Once they you are confident they have used all the directions, and are doing a good job avoiding each other, give them the next task.)  You can also use a song during this activity.  When the song ends, the activity ends.

“This time as you get close to the spot, don’t let your ball touch it.  Right before you actually get to the spot, change your direction and move toward another spot.  If your ball is moving toward a person or another ball you should also change your direction.  Don’t let your ball come close to people, balls or spots!”

Let’s play a game!

Dribble Traffic Jam

When the music starts you will dribble your soccer ball around inside the boundaries.  Do your best to use different parts of your feet and different directions to avoid the spots and balls.

If your ball touches a person, spot or ball, you get a traffic ticket!  If you get three traffic tickets come see me. J (If a student gets three traffic tickets, I will tell them they have to go to traffic school with me. I will ask them to show me how they change directions to avoid the obstacles.  During that exchange I will assess their dribbling and trapping skills and work with them as needed) after traffic school ends the student can go back in the game.

Body Part Dribbling

See the activity here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml3AGLeR8NM

When I say go, dribble inside the boundaries, avoiding the people and the balls.  When I say freeze, trap the ball and listen for the body part that I call out and put that body part, safely on the ball.  NO HANDS in this game!

Right foot, Left foot, Knee, Shoulder, elbow, etc.

After the class gets the hang of the activity, use a travel/stop song to continue the activity.  Play music when it’s time to dribble and when the music pauses, trap the ball, then listen for the body part that the teacher will call.

Put your ball away and get a mat that matches the color of your ball.  Put your mat in an own space.
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.


What were the different parts of your foot you used to avoid the players and obstacles today?

What different directions did you travel in today?

Why would you want to avoid another player during the game?


Additional Part 3 activities

Dribble Snake

Done in color groups of 6 or less.  Everyone with the same color ball follows the leader in a single file line anywhere the leader goes inside the boundaries. The leader, on the signal goes to the back of the line, establishing the next player in line as the leader. This can be done until everyone leads. Remind the students when they are the leader, they must make a number of turns, including even going in a circle around the line. Encourage the children to change direction to move their snake around inside the boundaries.

Don’t Crash the Car!

You begin by telling the kids that this game is called ‘don’t crash the car’. Get the kids a soccer ball each and get them close to you. The object of the game is not to crash your car.

  • “What do you think the car might be?” The kids will respond eventually with the soccer ball.
  • “How do you think we could crash our cars?” By dribbling in to other people or falling off the edge of the cliff (outside of coned area).

The first commands you give:

  • ‘Green Light’ ~ this means the kids dribble their soccer balls around without bumping into others or going off the cliff edge.
  • ‘Red Light’ ~ the kids stop dribbling and trap the ball/put one foot on top of the ball and remain still.
  • ‘Yellow Light’ ~ this means dribble slower.

coaching points I.e. inside/outside of foot to dribble and keeping the ball close to you.

  • ‘Honk you horn’ ~ just for fun but the kids love it. Get the kids to trap their ball and honk their imaginary car horn and make loads of noise!
  • ‘Red light Turn’ ~ the kids know that red light means foot on top of ball. The turn comes when they roll the ball behind them and follow the rolling ball. This is coaching them to do the drag-back turn.
  • ‘wind-screen wipers’ ~ the kids stop, put one foot on the ball and move the ball from left-to-right.

These youth football drills will be played over and over by the kids because there fun. That’s great… but keep introducing new coaching points and skills

  • ‘Gas station’ ~ tell the kids that we’re running out of gas and need to find the gas station. Get the kids to dribble over to one corner of the area and on your command the kids will do toe-taps on the ball which is pumping gas into the cars.
  • ‘Car wash’ ~ all of the cars are filthy dirty and need a clean. Get the kids over to another corner of the area and get them to wash their cars by knocking the soccer ball with the inside of both feet from side-to-side.
  • ‘Drivers test’ ~ this one’s great. The teacher is the driver who tries to steal the kids’ soccer balls. To evade you, the student will do the red-light turn to face away from you (change direction) showing them that it could work in a game.


Numbers Game

The numbers game song goes as follows:

  • “Number one is on the run” – The players must dribble their ball around the area.
  • “Number two is sole of the shoe” – The players stand still and role the ball in different directions using the bottom of their foot.
  • “Number three is follow me” – The players will follow the coach in whatever he decides i.e. dribbling/tricks.
  • “Number four is head to the floor” – This one is fun and will require the players to lie down and use their ball as a pillow.
  • “Number five is stayin’ alive” – (this comes from the beegees song) The coach says the first part and the players reply with “aah, ahh, aah, aah stayin’ alive” whilst doing toe-taps on the ball and moving one arm diagonally up and down just for fun.

Practice the game chanting the phrases and practicing then play, starting with the teacher calling out the numbers. After they have played for a few minutes, let individuals in the class pick out the numbers.  Each time the number three is called, have the teacher be the leader.  This will prevent them from all choosing three!

Fruit Salad

Using cones, designate 6 areas of the field as different fruits.  The middle of the field is the Fruit Salad.  The layers are instructed to dribble around the area under certain instructions like dribbling only with their right, left or both feet.  When the coach yells a certain fruit or fruit salad, they must get to that area as quickly as possible still under their first dribbling instructions.



Full Size Fruit Station Cards – PDF