Monday, 28 November 2011

Taking on and Beating Opponents

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

The set up: Magic Rectangle - The overall pitch size is 40x30 with the central third being 16 yards long.

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

Line Soccer 1v1 - Split players into pairs, if you have an odd number have odd number make a group of 3 which consists of one stronger player and two less developed ones. the two less developed ones play at the same time, when in defending or attacking. Players stand on a goal line opposite each other. Get them to imagine they are in game, they have got the ball in midfield and they need to beat the opponent in front of them by using a change of direction or feint.  

Playing 1v1 they are trying to beat their opponent and dribble across the line of cones their opponent started get a point.

Line Soccer Overload - This is just a simple progression of the previous activity. Using the middle and the attacking third play 2v1 or 3v2 through two of the channels/rectangles.. The pitch is deliberately long and narrow to produce more 1v1 opportunities and options for the player in possession to dribble when there is space.

One team will be the attacking team the other will play as the defending team. Explain to the players that the attacking team are trying to get the dribble the ball across the end line.. The defending team are trying to get the ball into midfield and score by dribbling across the opposite end line, recreating the scenario of getting the ball away from danger and towards the opponents goal. Change the roles over so both teams get to play as attackers and defenders, also consider swapping groups - so the players get to play against different opponents. Encourage players to try and beat their opponents..

Line Soccer – The players are then split into two teams, 4v4, 5x5 or 6v5, whatever suits your group. The four central cones and the goals used for the previous drill are removed.

The game is played the same as the previous activity, but with the use of the whole pitch and the support of extra players, but no goalkeepers. Players score goals for getting the ball across the end line, if they can dribble the ball into the goal they get an extra point.

Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking players on or passing to create scoring opportunities


Coach Paul M said...

Great blog and keep them coming ......In my opinion the number one objective for kids U4-U8 is to ensure they have FUN !!!

Coachandy said...

They certainly enjoyed this one, no one asking "are we playing a match now?"

Childrens Soccer said...

Dribbling is a basic soccer skill, that must be mastered for good ball control in the field of play. These skills are the foundation for good passes, goal shots, and individual moves used to beat defenders on one on one situations. Thanks a lot.