The Influence of Short-term Intensive Dribbling Training on Ball Skill ―Intend for Footballers of an Eighth Grader―

Ken Taga and Takeshi Asai

[Received March 15, 2010 ; Accepted October 19, 2011] 

The purpose of this study was to clarify the influence of the short-term intensive dribbling training (DRI-TR) on ball skill. Subjects were 43 footballers in the eighth grade; 20 footballers were in the training (TR) group, and 23 footballers were in the control (CONT) group. The ball skill test, which consisted of a dribbling test, trapping test and passing test, was carried out before and after each group’s training. The measures in the dribbling test and trapping test were time, number of ball touches, and miss touch. The item in the passing test was the number of successful passes. The TR group performed DRI-TR for 14 weeks. It was done about three times per week, about 30 min after the usual two-hour team training started. After DRI-TR, the TR group did their usual training, which had an individual, group, or team focus. The CONT group also performed their usual training with individual, group, or team emphases for two-hour per session, and this was done about four times a week over 14 weeks. The results showed that after 14 weeks of training the time needed in the dribbling test and trapping test decreased significantly for the TR group (p<0. 05), but did not decrease for the CONT group. The number of ball touches and miss touch in the dribbling test and the trapping test for the TR group also decreased (p<0. 05) , while the number of successful passes in the passing test for both groups did not increase in spite of the 14 weeks of training. Consequently, this study clarified that DRI-TR intended for footballers in the eighth grade caused improvement of dribbling and trapping skills, but hardly affect passing skill.

Keywords: Soccer, Dribble, Trap, Pass, Coaching

[Football Science Vol.9, 35-49, 2012]