Two player mirror drill

Purpose: To develop deception and feints when beating an opponent and to improve your overall attacking play. Developing your deceptions and feints during a practice session will help you to change direction quickly and give you confidence when attacking opponents during a game.

Organization: Set out a 10 x 10 yard area. Group in pairs--one ball per pair. Create an "imaginary" line midway, using discs (or any object as a marker), on either side of the area. Position one player on each side of an imaginary line made by the discs.

Game Objective: Player #1 starts with the ball. Neither player is allowed to cross the imaginary line. Player #1 attempts to dribble to either of the discs before Player #2 touches the very SAME disc. Repeat practice with Player #2 in possession. To encourage feints, try doing the practice first without a ball, then with.

Progressions: Use a feint, dummy or a trick to deceive your opponent in aiding you to get to the disc first.

Playing Tips:
  1. Close control
  2. Keep head up whenever possible
  3. Change of pace and direction
  4. Bend knees and drop shoulders
  5. Use feints and dummies

For more soccer tips check out the MLS Camps Web site.

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