The Zig Zag Dribble In Soccer

The Zig Zag Dribble is a simple move that can be used in a variety of situations and can be adapted by using different types of fakes within the move to trick your opponent. It even works against the most experienced defenders. 

The trick can be used to gain space to continue your dribble, to pass, or even to shoot the ball. Follow the steps below to learn how to do it yourself.

The Zig Zag Dribble

Step 1

Dribble at your opponent. Then play it slightly to the right (you can also go to your left). The defender will then shift their weight to their left foot.

Step 2

Then with your right foot fake a shot, or a pass. The defender will brace themselves or attempt to get into position to block your shot.

Step 3

Instead of shooting or passing, collect the ball with the inside of your right foot…

Step 4

Cut to the left with the ball. The defender will struggle to get their footing back and recover quickly. This gives you the opportunity to either tap it forward and dribble past the defender, shoot with your left foot or pass to a teammate.

How to practice the Zig Zag Dribble.

There are many different ways to practice the Zig Zag Dribble. You can practice at home or use them as practice drills. 

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The simplest way to practice is to use a simple line of cones. Each player then zig zags through the cones as they dribble. 

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A bit more challenging drill is to stagger the cones so they are no longer in a straight line forcing the player to move more laterally to get around each cone.

Bryan Coe

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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