Purpose

Players work on controlling their dribble as they face pressure from a defender or defenders.

Drill Setup

  • Mark off an area about 15 yards wide by 20 yards long.
  • Create a 3 yard end zone at the top and the bottom. Put two players without balls in the middle of the pitch.
  • Players with balls line up in both end zones.
Gators in the River Soccer Dribbling Drill
Players try to keep their ball away from the hungry “gators” (defenders) in this drill.

How it Works

  1. Coach blows his whistle.
  2. Players in the end zones attempt to dribble their balls down the pitch to the other end zone.
  3. Players without balls on the pitch attempt to steal the balls as the players dribble.
  4. If a ball is stolen that player becomes a defender and tries to steal the ball from other players.
  5. Run the drill for 10 minutes.

Coaching Tips

  • Tell players in the end zones that they are on the shore of a lake or river and that there are alligators in the water (the defenders). As the players go through the “water” to the other shore the gators are going to try and steal their ball.
  • Make sure offensive players are keeping the ball and using soft touches with the inside and outside of the foot when a gator is near. The offensive player should then use a bigger touch with the laces to push the ball past the defender and break into the clear.