FA “safe session” – Dribbling and Turning



  • Mark out an area 10×10 yards, with two ‘home gates’ and two ‘target gates’ for each team as illustrated above.
  • Two players, each with a ball, start in their respective ‘home gates’.
  • Players start by facing each another separated by an imaginary line that neither player can cross.
  • Players attempt to dribble at pace to the opposition ‘home gate’.
  • Players try to complete a turn between this gate before sprinting to their target gate and stopping their ball dead.
  • The winning team is the first that completes all actions and stops the ball dead between their target gate.

Session information

  • Establish social distancing conditions to ensure no misunderstanding takes place.
  • Ensure area size is appropriate to ability of players. Adapt to suit individuals if necessary.
  • Quick changes of direction and pace are required to get away from partner.
  • Unopposed work allows the player with the ball to practice under regulated pressure.

Coaching points

  • Players need to look up to assess situation and capitalise on opportunities that appear before making the turn.
  • Immediately before making the turn, players must check their shoulders and accelerate into the space once complete.
  • Emphasise foot-speed and clean contacts on the ball to change direction.
  • Ensure players decelerate at the appropriate time to stop the ball on the line.


  • Condition the type of turn to be practised including a Cruyff, drag-back, step-over etc.
  • Include a goal rather than a target gate and use a goalkeeper.


Coaches returning to football activity during COVID-19 must follow Government and FA guidance.

Before setting up any of the sessions below, make sure you read our wider guidance, so you’re prepared for your return to coaching.

Also keep in mind that it would be ideal if footballs are only recovered or moved round the pitch by using feet, rather than picking them up.

Source – The FA Bootroom