How to Dribble a Soccer Ball - dummies

By Michael Lewis, United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Dribbling the ball is an essential part of playing soccer. The best dribblers can move the soccer ball swiftly without looking down, and they have a few tricks up their sleeves — or is that pant legs? Check out this video, which gives you the basic steps for mastering dribbling.


The key to dribbling is to use both feet to kick the ball ever so lightly without losing control at a comfortable speed for you. You should touch the ball with the inside of your shoes, for the most part, for better control. But you can touch it with the outside of your shoe as well. The very best players in the world can dribble the ball adeptly with both feet. Most people usually favor one of their feet as the superior skilled foot to dribble the ball in close quarters, although both feet also are used.

The most common mistake you may make as a beginner is constantly looking down and not knowing which direction you’re going.

As you become more comfortable with the ball, you’ll pick up speed and become more confident. Unless you’re gifted, dribbling speed comes only with time.

Keeping your head up as you’re dribbling is critical. If you don’t, you’ll literally run into trouble, whether it’s the opposition or a teammate. You won’t know where you are on the field, and you won’t have the ability to make quick decisions to help your team.