Sunday, 19 September 2010

Short Passing

Objective: To give players opportunites to practice short passing

Warm Up: Ball Work - As the players arrive give them each a ball and ask them to keep the ball off the floor for as long as they can. Progressions can include ball going above knee or even head height.

In a circle appropriate to the number and age of players give half the team a ball and get everyone moving around making short passes with the receiver calling for the ball. Encourage lots of movement and receiving and/or passing with the weaker foot.

Work in small groups: Criss Cross Passing - A simple drill that gives the players a lot of short passing repetitions. Players pass across the grid to the cone opposite them and then run to the cone on their right. if players find this easy it can be progressed in a number of ways including running across the grid or dictating which part of the foot should be used to pass.

Work in small areas: Vision Game - This is another one of Paul Coopers Small Sided Games. Because the game is played in landscape rather than portrait the players will be encouraged to pass the ball around to create an opening. As a progression for players that find the easy have a coach or parent running across the pitch behind the goals. Players cant score if the coach or parent is behind the goal.

Group Work:
Normal Match Focus on the skills learnt in the session paying particular attention to short passing

Friday, 17 September 2010

Short Passing

Objective:To give players opportunites to practice short passing

Warm Up: 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.

 Work in small areas: 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.

Ensure the size of pitch allows a lot of short passing options.

Group Work: Normal Match Focus on the skills learnt in the session paying particular attention to short passing.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

First Touch - Receiving the ball on the back foot

Objective: To encourage players to receive the ball on the foot furtherest away from pressure

Warm Up: Ball Work - As they arrive give them a ball and ask them to keep the ball in the air with their feet. Progressions (dependant upon ability) include:
  • keeping the ball off the ground at thigh and head height with the feet
  • Using thigh, head and other parts of the body
  • working up the ladder (feet, thigh, head) and then back down the ladder
  • or working in small groups with one ball
Work in small groups: Back Foot - In a grid wider than it is long to suit the ability of the players set up as per the diagram below. The players at the North and South point of the diamond pass the ball at the same time to the players on their right. The players at East and West receive the ball on the back foot and having checked that the player on their right is ready they pass the ball to them. Players should follow their passes and move to the next cone.

Work in small areas: Playing to a target  - Split the players into groups and ask each team to move the ball from one target area to the opposite target area (playing unopposed) but they should try to receive every pass on the "back foot". Players should be moving into the target area to receive passes rather than having someone permanently in the target area.

This game can then be progressed to a competitive game, which I like to play in an overload situation, i.e 6v4, so there are passing options for one team.

Alternatively you could have target areas in each corner.

Group Work:
Normal Match Focus on the skills learnt in the session, paying particular attention to receiving the ball on the back foot where possible.