Objective: To improve players ability to run with the ball
Warm Up: Ball Work - In our warm up we are concerned with giving the players the confidence to use both feet. So we work through the following routine of touches:
1 Inside, inside, outside of best foot
2 Inside, inside, outside of weak foot
3 Inside, inside, outside, sole drag with best foot
4 Inside, inside, outside, sole drag with weak foot
5 Toes, toes, toes, step-over with best foot
6 Toes, toes, toes step-over with weak foot
7 Toes, toes, toes, step-over with best foot and then take away with weak foot
8 Toes, toes, toes. step-over with weak foot and then take away with best foot
9 Dribble forward and cut the ball with the inside of your best foot behind your weak foot
10 Dribble forward and cut the ball with the inside of your weak foot behind your best foot.
Work in small groups: Relay - This is a simple drill that allows players to practice running with the ball, but you need to ensure that the players are working at full speed and getting rests. Players start at a cone and run with the ball until they are just past the pole. They then make a diagonal pass to the player at the front of the next line. They then run with the ball as far as the other pole and pass it across.
Make it harder by asking them to pass with the weaker foot, or make the space bigger. To make it easier reduce the space between the cone and the pole and the distance that seperates the two lines.
Work in small areas: End Zone Game - This game gives players the chance to get experience at taking on opponents. Split the group into teams. To score a goal a player must run with the ball into the end zone, marked out with discs. When a goal is scored the game is restarted in the end zone with the scoring team withdrawn, enabling the game to start with a player running with the ball.
To make it harder you could reduce the width of the pitch, or not allow forward passes. To make it easier you can increase the pitch space or play with an extra player who is neutral and plays for the team in possesion.
Group Work: Line Soccer - A well known game that has a number of good teaching points for players. Play this game on a normal size 4v4 pitch or make the pitch wider than it is long. Similar to the End Zone Game above, but in this game players have to show more control as to score a goal they must run with the ball and stop it on the end line for the goal to count.
To make it harder you can ask players to a trick as they get to the line or reduce the playing space.
To make it easier increase the pitch space or add an End Zone.
Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players running with the ball.