The two touch dribble is a timeless classic. By shifting the ball quickly from one foot to the other, you can unbalance defenders and skip past them on the 5-a-side pitch. It’s one of the simplest yet most effective moves and is one that should be in your repertoire.
In order to pull the move off, follow these easy steps:
1. Start with the ball on one foot
You can start on either foot but we’re going to start on the right for the purpose of our illustration, so have it just in front of your foot on the right side of your body. If the defender is approaching you then it’s time to brace yourself for a two touch dribble.
2. With the instep of that foot, knock the ball across your body over to your other foot
It helps if this move is performed with some speed, although it is more important that it is done in a controlled way so that it sets you up nicely for step 3.
3. With the instep of the other foot, tap the ball forwards and accelerate away
It’s important that this touch is a tap forwards, not a tap sideways back the way the ball came, otherwise you’re not going anywhere but side to side. When the ball is knocked forward, you’ll need a quick burst of pace to get away from your opponent and make sure that you don’t give them the chance to recover. If you get past them, consider cutting back across them so that they can’t get a tackle in without fouling you.
To do this really move really well also consider the following:
- Before you touch the ball across your body, can you unbalance the defender by feinting to go the other way (i.e. if you’re starting on your right foot, look to your right or fake a pass to that side before two-touch dribbling off to the left)?
- The larger the distance you can flick the ball from one foot to the other, the more difficult it will be for the defender to tackle you.
- Instead of just knocking the ball straight from one foot to the other, if you can slightly knock the ball backwards at the same time before pushing it forward with your second touch then this will give you a little extra clearance around the defender’s tackling leg.
Michael Laudrup Shows How it’s Done
The undisputed king of the two touch dribble was Michael Laudrup, the Danish legend. The first minute of the following video shows several of the best examples of this technique that we’ve ever seen, followed by another minute of perfect examples starting around the 2:45 mark.
Laudrup made this move his trademark in what was a glittering career. He’s arguably one of the greatest players to play the game, and watching his highlight reel you see that a large part of it was built on the two-touch dribble. Today Messi is probably the best user of this technique, although he uses an array of other moves too, but in our view there aren’t any players doing it quite as well as Laudrup ever did. Enjoy! (PS. If you enjoy watching this then consider watching a documentary of his full career, which we’ve reviewed here).
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