A move in which a player runs with the ball at his feet past one or more defenders, usually in a twisting run, also known as ‘dribbling’. A successful dribble can lead to either a player being fouled, resulting in a free kick or a goal-scoring opportunity.

Are other body parts important when dribbling?

It is fact in soccer that a dribble is performed using the feet, however a player that is dribbling to get past the opponent can use different body parts to effectively complete a dribble.

Examples of this can be a player:

  • Using their arms to keep balanced while running at pace with the ball.
  • Using the foot without the ball or their head to indicate a false movement in one direction while taking the ball the other way, sometimes resulting in confusing the opponent and completing a successful dribble.

Where is dribbling used most on a pitch?

This ability is most common with attacking players, especially a winger or wide players as balance, speed and skill are important factors in successfully taking the ball past an opponent, avoiding a tackle and essentially retaining possession or creating a chance.

However, a dribble can be used anywhere on the pitch as it is an effective way to get away from an opposition player. Nowadays in soccer defensive players including goalkeepers are using dribbling and skill to get out if difficult defensive situations.