Week 13 Ball Handling: Dribbling & Trapping with Feet





Ball Handling: With Feet – Dribbling & Trapping


Equipment Needed

Soccer Balls, Control Cones, Hoops, Dice, Pre-drawn or taped large geometric shapes

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes

  1. The student will stop the ball using the foot, or Trapping it, when instructed to freeze.
  2. The student will move the ball around the space in a controlled manner.
  3. The student will travel around the space while dribbling the ball with their feet without touching anyone or anything else.
  1. The student will discuss the points to dribble and trap a ball with their feet.
  1. The student will have fun.
  2. The student will play safely.




Entrance Routine
Get a cone and put it in and own space inside the boundaries.  Stand next to your cone when you have your own space.
Part 1


10 – 15 minutes

Dice and Cones

  • Concept being Used: Directional (Forward, Backward and Sideward) movements
  • Purpose of Activity: To practice Directional movements in general space.
  • Suggested Grade Level: K-2
  • Prerequisites: Prior learning of Directional movements.
  • Materials needed: 12 Control Cones; pair of large dice.

Description of the Activity

Have students place a traffic cone upright in an own space around the general space. Prompt them to keep cones away from the boundaries. To begin the activity, have students stand in their own space next to a cone. Ask students to name the different directions they can move while walking, jog/running, hoping, skipping, sliding, traveling on bottom, etc.). Explain that you will be rolling the die you have in your hand. They will all call out the number together, and then they can go and travel using the direction that is determined, to move to that number (the number of the dice) of cones. They should touch the top of each cone they come to; when they are done, they then perform the movement back to the center circle.

Have a few students demonstrate this so all can see. If there are no questions, have students stand up and get ready to move! Change the direction you call out. You can also have students roll the die. Encourage the students to find many ways of traveling using the different directions.

Differentiation Tasks:

  • Allow the students to choose the direction they will use to travel to the cones.
  • Have the students choose a different direction to use each time they go to another cone.
  • Have the students in small groups, (groups of six using flag colors) each with their own dice. These groups can decide together which direction they will use while traveling each time to the cones. In this case the students can use the control cones as a class, even though they will be doing the activity as a group of six.

Differentiation for Students with Disabilities:

  • Have students move in a way they find easiest to that number of cones.

Assessment Ideas:

  • Practice the three directions with the class quickly, before the game begins. Visually assess the students to see if they can correctly perform the locomotor movement called out.
Get a ball that matches the color of the cone you are standing next to.
Part 2

New skill or concept

Dribbling and Trapping

15 Minutes

Dribbling [AT]

When I say go, I want you to use your feet to move the ball around inside the boundaries, avoiding the cones! Don’t touch the ball with your hands, and don’t let your ball touch anyone else or anything else. Ready, go.

After a minute or so, once everyone is moving around I will stop them to ask the first question. During this first minute I will encourage them to move to open spaces with their ball, and try to cover as much area as they can while they move around the space inside the cones.


  • While you are moving the ball around with your feet, what do you look at? Remember, you don’t want to lose your ball, and you don’t want to touch anyone or anything? Don’t answer me now, practice it first, and think about it while you are moving around. When I stop you next time, then you can tell me the answer. Go.

While they are moving around I will go around to individual students and ask them the question. When I am satisfied that the majority know the answer, I will stop them to  to discuss the answer, before moving on to the next question.

What were you looking at?  The ball?  The people?  Both?  Yes, that is right. You have to look at both things, be aware of where you ball is, but be sure to look around you too, that way you won’t run into anybody!

  • While you are moving the ball around with your feet, you want to keep it close to you and avoid the obstacles, how do you have to kick it, soft or hard? (Again, don’t let them answer you until you let them work on the question first.)  After a minute of working, stop the class and ask them how they kicked the ball. Freeze.

How did you kick the ball in order to keep it close to you as you were moving around the space? Soft? That’s right. This time as you travel, remember to kick the ball softly and look at where you are going and who is around you.  Today you are working on dribbling the soccer ball. It is not the same as dribbling a basketball, because you use your feet instead of your hands. The idea is the same though, you still want to control the ball, keeping it close to you as you travel around the space with it.

After you are satisfied that the class can control the ball by looking where they are going and keeping the ball close to them, move onto trapping the ball.

Trapping [AT]

This time as you are dribbling around, I want you to stop the ball with your foot every once in a while. Every few dribbles, see if you can get the ball to stop rolling, but use either your foot or your leg, remember you cannot use your hands.

  • This time As you are stopping the ball, I want you to think of which part of the foot you are using that helps you stop the ball the best. Ready, go.

Watch to see that they are practicing stopping the ball. Point out students who are doing the task correctly. After a few minutes, stop them and discuss trapping the ball.

Freeze. What part of the foot worked the best for stopping the ball? The bottom.  Because the ball is round, be sure when you stop the ball, the weight of your body is on the foot that is on the ground!

This is called trapping the ball.  Using your foot to stop the ball from rolling.

Part 3


10 – 15 minutes

Dribble in Geometric Shapes

As you look around the space you will see I have drawn some big shapes on the ground, When I say go, I want you to dribble to a shape and practice dribbling around following the shape you have found. Remember the different parts of the foot that you can use to move the ball into different directions.  When I say freeze, trap your soccer ball and look at me.

(I will allow the class enough time to practice at least one time around a shape before I say freeze.)

Find another shape to dribble around. Try dribbling using a backward direction.

This time try dribbling sideward.

Each time you get to a new shape, change the direction you are traveling as you dribble.

Let the student draw big letters on the ground and dribble around the different letters.  Continue practicing trapping the ball and dribbling in the different directions.

Have the students draw their name and dribble around it!  Let them try dribbling around other people’s names.


  • Ask the students the name of the shape they are dribbling around.
  • Ask the children the name of the letter they are dribbling around.
  • Watch to see that the students are dribbling the ball with their feet.
  • Ask the children the name they are dribbling around.
Put the ball away and get a mat that matches the color of your ball.  Put your mat in an own space for stretches.
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.


  1. Where do you look when you are dribbling the ball with your feet? where you are going and at the ball.
  2. if you want to keep the ball close, what kind of force do you use to kick it? soft, light taps.


Additional Part 3 Activities

Red Light/Green Light

Each player with their, ball lines up at one end of the boundaries. Teacher or the traffic cop, stands at the other end and yells, “Green light,” and turns their back to the players. The kids race across the boundary area to see who can reach the opposite line first. After a few seconds, the traffic cop yells, “Red light.” At that command, the players must stop and put a foot on top of the ball. The TC turns back around and looks for players whose ball is still moving. Those players must move a certain distance back to the starting line. Repeat calling red light/green light until someone wins the race. This game encourages fast dribbling while keeping the ball close.


  • Let the student who wins play the TC!
  • Change the direction the children must dribble.  Change the direction with each green light!

Follow the leader

Pick a leader and have him dribble anywhere on the field, encouraging him to make lots of turns, changing speed, etc. All other players have to follow the leader and do whatever that player does. Switch leaders often.

Have the students get toe to toe with a partner.  Let one partner be the leader while the other follows.  On the signal the students will switch roles.

Monster Trucks

This is an introductory exercise for dribbling. The major focus is on vision and having the players scan the field while dribbling the ball. This can also be used as a fun warm up activity with your team.

The players pretend that their ball is a Monster truck. To start the engine they roll the ball back and forth with the sole of the foot while making loud (revving sounds). On the teachers command they drive their monster trucks around the grid. They must look ahead and around them to avoid a collision with another Monster Truck. Have them drive slowly and fast, reverse and stop on demand.

The Pirate Ship Game

There are many soccer skills that can be coached in this game. This is probably my favorite dribbling game for young kids because of the pure enjoyment they get out of it and it involves each kid having a ball at their feet at all times. This game is called ‘the pirate ship’.

You will need to mark out an area big enough so that the players can comfortably dribble their soccer balls around without constantly bumping into others. The kids (and yourself) will need a soccer ball each.

This game requires a lot of enthusiasm and the more you remember the commands, which I will go through in a moment, the more enjoyable the game becomes and the more soccer skills you can bring into the game.

The game starts with each child having a ball at their feet and being told that the game is called the pirate ship and that the marked out area is the ‘ship’ they must stay on.

Begin simple by getting the kids to dribble around the ship and throw in a couple of dribbling points such as inside/outside of the feet to dribble and changing directions. Then one-by-one tell the kids to ‘freeze’ or ‘stand-still’ and introduce a new command for them to do. This is where the fun starts and the soccer skills are implemented.

The different commands are as follows:

  • “The captain’s coming” = the kids stop, place one foot on the ball and salute the captain by saying “ay, ay captain!”
  • “Climb the riggin” = on the spot the kids do ‘toe-taps’ on the ball and with their hands climb up an imaginary ladder.

Repeat previous commands – repetition is good in this game, you might try going back and forth a couple times

  • “Scrub the decks” = on the spot the kids roll the ball backwards and forwards using the bottom of their foot. Use both feet!
  • “Polish the decks” = on the spot, this time the kids will move the ball from left-to-right using the bottom of their foot.
  • “Get fancy” = the kids love this one. All they do is freeze, put one foot on the ball, hands on their hips and go ‘oooh la la’

Remember to demonstrate each command every time and with lots of energy.  Remember to repeat the commands every couple of new commands you introduce.

  • “Starboard turn” = the kids (perhaps without knowing it) will learn a quick turn here known as the drag back/pull-back turn. Get the kids to stop, put one foot on the ball, and roll the ball behind them using the bottom of their foot.
  • “Man overboard” = the kids dribble quickly to the edge of the ship (area), place their foot on the ball, hand on their forehead as if their looking for somebody. On your command the kids will continue dribbling.
  • “Fire the Cannon” = the kids kick their soccer ball using the inside of their foot as away as possible outside of the ship toward other pirates. Once all balls have been kicked the kids can retrieve their soccer balls and carry on dribbling.

You can play this game as a warm-up every session with the same kids and each time, introduce a new command. The kids will not get bored of this game.

  • “Seagulls are coming” = you pretend to be a seagull who wants to eat their soccer ball. The kids on hearing this command will drop to the floor quickly and protect their ball with their body and hands. You should run around the ship with your arms out like a bird until you tell them to carry on dribbling.

This game involves many different soccer skills but adjust certain parts of the game that work for you. I start off with the ‘saluting of the captain’ and use this one throughout to talk to the kids, give them a rest and introduce a new command because the kids are still on this command.

  • To finish the game you could add “stealing the treasure” into the game. This involves you as the coach being a nasty pirate who kicks away the kids soccer balls outside of the ship. Once the kids ball is outside of the ship/area then they also try to steal the treasure and the winner will be the last one remaining with a ball. A teaching point to include here would be to remind the kids to change direction and keep their body between the thief and the soccer ball so not to lose it.

The beauty of this game is that kids don’t realize they are doing any ‘coaching’ because of how fun the game is.

Rolling the ball from side-to-side with both feet is great for balance. As is ‘climbing the riggin’. Doing the starboard turn is getting them prepared for learning other turns. So many different soccer skills in a fun game… ideal!

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