Saturday, 1 October 2011

Taking on and Beating Opponents


Objective: To encourage players to take on opponents in 1v1 situations



Setting up the cones in advance has the added benefit of allowing the players to imagine the cones as opponents when doing the ball mastery work during the warm up.

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



This game is played 3v3 or 4v4 in the middle third with a keeper in each goal. The objective is the same as the four goal game above, except this time the player that goes through the cones with the ball is allowed to go 1 on 1 against the keeper, to try and score. You can make this game harder by allowing one of the defender into the attacking third to tackle the striker. 

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.

1 comment:

Kids Soccer Coaching said...

Dribbling is one of the fundamental aspects of soccer. Without good dribbling basic training, the player in possession stands no chance against the modern defender in a tackle. Thanks a lot.