Soccer When to Dribble When to Pass

a.  Any time you have a pass, take it. Dribble only when you can't pass or if you can dribble & score.

b.  Generally, do not dribble in the 1/3 of the field nearest your own goal (i.e., in your "defending Third") unless you must in order to get past a defender so you can make a pass or a clearing kick, because if you dribble near your goal the other team might steal the ball & score. Especially if the ball is in the Danger Zone, you should clear it, preferably to the side. If you must dribble, dribble toward the side line, not toward the center. (See "Attacking", "Creating Space" & "Attacking Third").

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