The Dribble Delay

The dribble delay is a relatively simple soccer move.. It’s basically a normal dribble but with a slight stop of the ball, which allows the attacker to momentarily delay the game.

While this may not appear to be the most effective move, don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Many of the best players in the world use the dribble delay as a crucial part of their game. It is all about the change of tempo.

Step 1

Dribble as you would normally and approach your opponent.

Step 2

Using the outside of your foot, quickly stop the ball.

If you are on the right side of the defender, use the outside of your right foot, and vice-versa. This puts your body in between the defender and the ball, preventing them from stealing the ball.

Step 3

The defender will stop when you stop the ball, which allows you to quickly accelerate away with more space and time than before.

You can also choose to pass to a teammate; however, this skill tends to be more effective in a dribble, as the sudden change of pace is what makes it deadly.

Check out The Dribble Delay in Action

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Bryan Coe

Bryan is the founder of The Soccer Handbook. He has been playing soccer since he was 8 years old, continues to play, and has also done his share of volunteer coaching over the years. Bryan’s mission is to help coaches coach better and help people enjoy the beautiful game throughout their lives.


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