Friday, 13 May 2011

Keeping the Ball

Objective: To improve players ability to keep possession

Warm Up:
Ball Work - In a grid appropriate to the age of the players set up a number of gates using three different coloured cones. All the players have a ball and the coach calls out one of the three colours, the players then have to dribble their ball through those coloured gates, when the coach shouts out a different colour the players change and dribble through those. The coach should change the colour frequently (20 to 30 seconds).

Work in small groups: Numbers Up Possession - In a grid appropriate for the players 3 teams play keep-away with 2 teams (attacking) working together to stop the defending team from gaining possession. This games works for anything from 2v2v2 to 5v5v5. When the defending gets the ball the still have to keep the ball for as long as possible. This game can be quite tiring so rotate the defending team regularly.

Work in small areas: Line Soccer - Play this dribbling/possession game demonstrated here as a 3v3 or 4v4 game. The emphasis should be on maintaining possession until a scoring opportunity opens. 

Group Work: Normal Match Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players passing well and moving into space when their team is in possession

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