Handball drills for ball control


Attack - Defence

  • Play around and threaten towards goal/defender
  • 1 of the corner players plays the ball to the other corner player
  • the other corner player rounds to the goal or plays to the build-up player
  • if not successful, then just keep attacking and playing around
  • Both left and right

Everyone a ball and bounce through 6 meter area. Doing different exercises:

  • Bounce the ball through your legs every now and then
  • Bounce the ball behind your back
  • Try to catch the ball from someone else.
  • Bounce on the spot, sit while bouncing, then lie down and then stand up again.
  • Bounce with the wrong hand

Variant with the whistle:

  • 1 whistle means bouncing with the wrong hand,
  • To whistle twice is to pass the ball to someone you see,
  • 3 whistles means bouncing the ball quickly to the touchline and back again.


  • Make 5 equal groups, 1 group at each side and 3 in the middle.
  • Make sure both sides have several balls.
  • Put 2 defenders (red) just inside the 9 meter line.


  • B1 plays to B2
  • B2 runs to the ball and plays to B3
  • B3 plays to B4 and B4 tries to score.
  • Meanwhile, B1 has to chase the ball to help the defenders.

Then repeat from left to right.

Points of attention:

  • Swap positions clockwise every 2 min,
  • After 10 minutes everyone has played every position.
  • Pass quickly and accurately, if the defenders get the ball, stop the exercise and start again from the other side.


  • Mutual play,
  • if necessary, stop play and let them look at positions,
  • Who stands where and what choice do you make to play the ball to?
  • Everyone with a ball to bounce in a designated area.
  • There are pawns, 1 less than the number of people.
  • On YES everyone grabs a pawn as fast as possible.
  • The one who remains falls off.
  • Take away one pawn and try again.
  • Who is the last one left?
  • Throwing up in pairs.
  • Move one step further apart and pass without a bow.
  • Two teams. Per team 1 bounces and 1 walks with the ball.
  • Throw the ball over to the one who was walking along without the ball.
  • A new player becomes the one who runs along. The last one to run is the one who bounced first.


Moving forward with ball

  • Tipping (right, left or alternately)
  • Roll the ball, pick it up, roll it
  • Throw the ball upwards (possibly bounce it 1x), catch it
  • Throw up ball behind back, catch ball in front of back
  • Circle ball around hip
  • Pass the ball under the knee with every step
  • Idem, with knee lifts
  • Soccer dribble
  • Hold ball in front of you and walk / heave buttocks / lift knees
  • Feinting the ball in the run
  • Making passing movements in the run

After this D3 in a row, dribble on the spot, start on a flute and see who is sprinting fastest, because of breakouts

  • 2 groups preferably of the same size and level.
  • Pass the ball to someone of your own group.
  • When you have passed the ball 10 times as a group you have won.
  • You can do this multiple times and earn points.
  • Or an assignment when you lose.
  • You can vary with rules such as not playing the ball back to the person the ball came from.
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