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Soccer drills: The dribbling maze

By DICK'S Sporting Goods, 09/15/20, 3:15PM EDT

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This solo drill is perfect for practicing your ball-handling skills while in a small space.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on protips.dickssportinggoods.com. DICK’S Sporting Goods is the Official Sporting Goods Retail Partner of US Club Soccer.

Looking to enhance your agility on the pitch and evade defenders? The Dribbling Maze drill is a great way to help improve ball control and learn to dodge defenders. An added bonus — it’s something you can do on your own at home. 

To set up the drill, you’ll need:

  • Cones
  • Tennis ball
  • Size one soccer ball
  • Regulation-size soccer ball

Randomly set up the cones in a five by five-yard area. Using a tennis ball, dribble through the maze in a random pattern without touching any of the cones.

Once you’ve successfully gone through the maze with a tennis ball, swap it out for a size one soccer ball. Using a larger ball will add a level of difficulty, making the drill more challenging. Continue to focus on your dribbling technique and ball control as you move through the maze.

Once you’ve navigated the maze with a size one ball, it’s time to move up to a regulation-size ball. It’s important to continue to challenge yourself as you work toward the goal of bobbing and weaving through defenders come game day.

Looking for more tips to perfect your craft? View this entire article at DICK’S Pro Tips and discover more soccer drills from Pro Tips

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