Set up the m-station in your own backyard and become a better dribbler through a few simple drills. Find demonstration videos here or on the MuninPlay app. Improve on your own and surprise your teammates with your newly enhanced skills.
IMPROVING YOUR DRIBBLING SKILLS BY YOURSELF
At one point or another, we have all aspired to be Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or Lionel Messi because of their ability to beat the defender and score goals. Good dribbling may force the opposition to commit multiple players to you, which ensures free space for at least one of your teammates.
Maintaining balance, keeping the ball close to you, and making rapid changes in direction are key to being a skilled dribbler. It is also important to study your opponent, learn his movements, and adjust to his strengths and weaknesses.
1. BASIC DRIBBLES:
Great dribbling is, in most cases, the result of close control and adequate pace. Messi does not perform fancy tricks, but he executes sudden changes in direction with great pace to beat the defender. Developing excellent control is therefore the first step to improving your dribbling skills. Start with your right foot.
Step 1: Pass the ball to the rebounder, receive it, and make a 180° turn using the inside of your right foot
Step 2: Dribble between the cones using your right foot only
Remember to practice with both feet. Increase the intensity with time, and track your progress with the MuninPlay app.
Difficulty: 1 out of 3
2. OUTSIDE-FOOT DRIBBLE:
This drill allows you to improve your control with the outside of your foot. No one uses the inside or the outside of a foot exclusively, so it is important to practice control with both. Start this drill using your right foot.
Step 1: Pass the ball to the rebounder, receive it, and make a 180° turn using the outside of your right foot
Step 2: Dribble between the cones using the outside of your right foot only
Repeat with your left foot. When you feel comfortable, increase the pace.
Difficulty: 2 out of 3
3. SIDEWAYS SOLE ROLL:
Last but not least, the sideways sole roll. For absolute top control and to keep the ball close to you at all times, use the sole of your boot. It is very difficult to do this at high speed, but in tight areas it can be a nice way to trick defenders. This drill is a great way to take your technical skills to the next level.
Step 1: Pass the ball to the m-station, receive it, and with the outside of your right foot make a 90° turn toward the first cone
Step 2: With your left foot, stop the ball and then drag it toward the next cone (on the opposite side) using the sole of your left foot.
Step 3: Once you reach the next cone, stop the ball with your outside foot and continue on.
The drill itself is easy to understand and practice at lower speeds, but at higher intensity it becomes much more difficult.
Difficulty: 3 out of 3
If you are looking to practice your dribbling skills even further, visit our YouTube channel to find more drills: