Short Passing - Basic Technique
Stuck in the mud - Split the group into four teams in two different areas of appropriate size based on the numbers. Use bibs to identify the two different teams in each area.
In each area one team chases after the other team, which must run away bit stay in the area. If a player is tagged he must stand still ("Stuck in the mud"). He can be freed when another player touches his arm. Play for 1 or 2 minutes or until all the team is stuck, then swap the teams over.
Progress this so that 1 or 2 members of the team being chased have a football in their hands. The person with a football in their hands cannot be tagged, but to release their team mates they have to get the ball to them. Try encourage passing of the ball over short distances, as per the theme, rather than long balls thrown across the area.
As a final progression change to having the ball or balls at their feet and to release a team mate they have to pass the ball to them.
Work in small groups:
Figure of 8 - As shown in the diagram below 5 or more players start in an area. Start the drill with the ball at a disc that has two or more players on. The ball is passed in the following sequence Straight - Diagonal - Straight. Players most follow each pass they make to the next disc.
Argentinian Passing Game - This game is taken from Paul Coopers excellent books about letting children play. This game is played on a small pitch with 4 four goals placed about 5 metres back from the pitch, centrally at each end and on the sides. Before a goal can be scored a team must complete a set number of passes, appropriate to the age and skill.
Normal Match – Focus on the skills learnt in the session paying particular attention to short passing.