From her very first steps, Ariana Dos Santos had a soccer ball at her feet. By the time she turned two, she was dribbling through cones in the living room of her home. Her passion for soccer has led her to several of her favorite life experiences so far. She was a guest of honor for the Brazil National Team, the star of Steve Harvie’s “Little Big Shot,” and has filmed several sports commercials. Ariana now plays for Florida Premier Football Club and is excited to empower girls who play sports.
Below you can find several of her favorite drills that she uses to improve her dribbling and footwork skills so she can dominate on the pitch.
GLUED TO YOUR FEET: In this video, Ariana starts off with a little bit of foundation. She progresses into a step over and turn. Then she begins dribbling through the cones using the inside of her feet, focusing on keeping the ball close to her feet. In the second part of the exercise, she uses the outside and inside of her foot, with a little more speed to create confusion/uncertainty for the defenders.
PULL BACKS AND STEP OVERS: Here, Ariana is doing a combination using her right and left foot, focusing on using the inside part of her foot. After weaving through the cones, she sets up a pull-back move before using a burst of speed to quickly get to the next set of cones.
CLOSE CONTROL: Here is a combination of all the exercises. This gives Ariana the freedom to use her own creativity. She rolls and pushes the ball through the cones using her right and left foot. She follows that up with right and left foot scissors. To end, she uses a Ronaldo turn and finish with a fun flick in the air to catch the ball.
FREEDOM AND FUN: In this exercise, the cones were removed, and Ariana plays as if she was in the World Cup! She does a few double scissors through her imaginary defenders progressing into a Maradona move before slicing into a defender with an elastic. She finishes with some Ronaldo flair and celebrates her goal with a big smile and thumbs up.