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Tobin Heath Closed-Space Dribbling

November 19, 2012

U.S. soccer star Tobin Heath demonstrates how she improves her soccer ballhandling skills by performing Closed-Space Dribbling on a daily basis.

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Tobin Heath Closed-Space Dribbling
Tobin Heath is considered one the most technically skilled players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. She has earned this reputation through years of practicing the crucial elements of dribbling in tight spaces. She mimics having to dribble through and around multiple defenders with her Closed-Space Dribbling drill, which involves her making as many touches on the ball as possible while dribbling it through three cones set up in a triangle.
Tobin explains that this drill has helped her develop the ability to control the ball during unpredictable situations when defenders close in. Watch episode eight of our Behind the Highlights video series to see how she put her amazing technical skills on display by executing a ridiculous double nutmeg through the legs of two Canadian defenders.
Also, learn how to perform Tobin's other key exercises by watching her training clips below:
-Box Jump/Juggling Combo
-Lower-Body Circuit




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