Hi my name is Guillermo Gomez and I coach
youth soccer. Today I’ll be talking to you about how to dribble a soccer ball. Well first
let me emphasize that in soccer you are in the game to dribble for different reasons.
You can dribble to maintain position of the ball. You can dribble for speed or you can
dribble to beat a defender. Here for our purposes today we are going to start with just the
basic dribble and we want to concern our body mechanics. You actually want to get your arms
right side to you, bend your knees a little bit, get relaxed, just the way you would normally
run without a soccer ball. You have your soccer ball. You actually want to strike the ball
with the front of your foot and push it in front of you, right, while you are jogging
and you can incorporate the other foot as well so you can pass the ball side to side
or you can also use the inside of your foot, that’s a different kind of dribble. Now note
that my body as I’m dribbling the ball at a slow pace it will be sort of straight. If
I want to accelerate and dribble faster I will actually push the ball farther away from
me and this will give me more room to run and I will actually bend my body forward to
get that extra power. As we dribble again we want to use the running motion, it will
cause wind resistance and give you balance. You want to concentrate as you are running
straight with the ball and perhaps stopping the ball with all parts of your foot, you
can do it with the sole of your foot, you can do it with the side of your foot. You
want to turn in every direction. You want to do circles. That will make you more comfortable
with the ball and then just go out there and have fun and do what is comfortable for you.
That’s how you would dribble a soccer ball.