Objective: To encourage players to take on opponents in 1v1 situations
Warm Up: Ball Work - This takes place in the central rectangle, players are asked to go and stand along the line of yellow and red cones or the orange and blue cones - there choice. Players are then asked to dribble the ball across to the opposite line of cones performing various feints or change of direction moves that the coach has chosen from this blog post, at least once.
Players work back and forwards between the lines of cones and change to the next skill on the coaches request. Allow them at least 4 or 5 attempts at each skill.before changing
Work in small groups: Four Goal Game - This is a great game for improving basic techniques and vision. The use of four goals means that players will learn to use the space, as a result the game should increase awareness and encourage players to play with their heads up, rather than looking down at the ball all the time.
Start off with 1v1 but with 8/10 players in the central third. The objective for the players is to beat their opponent and dribble through one of the goals. Once a goal is scored the player should leave the ball for his opponent and allow him space to dribble the ball onto the pitch. You can make this game easier by allowing players to score in any of the goals rather having the game directional.
Then progress the game to 2v2 as this will encourage players to switch play and look for space. Then onto 4v4.
Work in small areas: Dribbling to score
Group Work: Normal Match – Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players dribbling and taking players on 1v1.