Dribbling - Direction Shift

  • Organisation

    • 7 cones (two different colors)

  • Process

    The player dribbles towards the cone and performs a body feint, movement, or trick to drag the ball into the direction of the next cone.

    Examples/ Variations:

    1. Inside of the foot (strong and weak)

    2. Outside of the foot (strong and weak)

    3. Dragging the ball with the sole

    4. Zidane-Trick

    6. Backheel Drag/ Elastico

    After the last red cone, the player dribbles towards the two yellow cones (end zone) and perform another feint, to return to the starting point.

    Examples/ Variations:

    1. Dragging the ball with the sole

    2. Cutting off

    3. Drag the ball behind standing foot

    4. Deco-Turn

    5. Shooting or Passing feint with change of direction

    Finally, the player passes the ball to the player waiting at the starting point.

    Then he will start the drill.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • High tempo and good technique

    • Movements (body feints, turns) should be done by the whole body so that it becomes harder to predict the next move for the defender

  • Field size

    • Consider age of players/ quality when setting up the cones and the distance between them

Training Set

Main point, Progression


15 min


Ball control, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Dribbling, Feinting/trick dribbling

Training Organization

Number of Players


Form of Training

Individual training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Alone training

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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