Thursday, 23 June 2011

Taking Chances to Score


Objective: To encourage players to take opportunities to score.

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:  Shooting Gallery -  In this drill the players get a lot of time on the ball to perfect the technique. when shooting get the players to look at the target on the run up and put accuracy before power. The players at either end of the shooting lane take turns at shooting, making sure they give the keeper time to turn, Keep at least a 2 yard gap between goals and dont let players get too close when taking shots. 

You can make it easier by not using a keeper. You can make it harder by having someone serve the ball to the shot taker. 


 Work in small areas:  Open Goal -  This game rewards teams who shoot at every opportunity and who have the courage to attempt long range shots.  Select two teams and mark a half-way line and a no go zone around the goal. This played as a normal games expect their are no goalkeepers and shots can be taken in the opponents half only.


To make it easier add a neutral player who plays for the team in possession. To make it harder add a condition that shots must be taken with the first touch. 




Group Work:  Fox in the Box -  To score a goal you need to knock down a traffic cone. However you are not allowed in the end zone so you have to kick the ball accurately in order to knock the cone down. When knocked over the cone stays down until all the cones at one end are knocked down. The team that knocks all the cones down first wins. Players will need to make imaginative runs and get into space so they have to chance to set themselves to kick the ball and knock over a cone for a goal.

To make it harder increase the size of the end zone, or reduce the number of cones. To make it easier add a neutral player who plays for the team in possession, or allowing any shot between the cones to count as a goal.



Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking opportunities to shoot when they arise..

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Taking on and Beating Opponents


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

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: Diagonals -  This drill allows the you to work with a number of players at once. Get players to walk through the skill at first and increase the pace gradually. Split the teams into groups at diagonally opposite markers. The first two players at opposite cones (i.e yellow) go at the same time dribbling towards the centre cone. They must perform the designated dribbling skill and pass the cone on opposite side. The first two players at the other two markers then go and the drill continues to rotate in that manner.

To make it harder you can add a passive defender at the centre cone, who is allowed to intercept poorly timed moves.

To make it easier allow players to perform their favourite dribbliing skill.



Work in small areas: 2v2 Winner Stays On - This leads on nicely from the previous low pressure drill to a compettive situation.. Players are put into pairs and play 2v2 with other teams waiting on the side to come on. Once all four players are ready the defending pair, starting from the end zone, pass the ball to one of the attacking pair and press the ball. The attacking pair must combine to beat the defenders and get a foot on the ball in the end zone. If they succeed they attack again against a new pair, if they fail they become defenders and so on . 



Group Work:  Stanley Matthews Game - The game is the same set up as line soccer only in a 4v4 game you play with 2 balls. Players are not allowed to pass but can do a take with a player from your own team. To score a point for the team a player must dribble the ball and stop it on the end line.

To make it harder you can add a third ball. To make it easier add an end zone for the players to dribble the ball into, or add a neutral player. This game can be quiet tiring, so play it in short bursts.


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.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Running with the Ball


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.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Short Passing


Objective:  To encourage players to pass with greater accuracy 

Warm Up: Ball Work - In the warm up I want to give the players the confidence to use both feet. So we will 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:   Passing Circles - Players move around within a designated area (size depends upon ability and number of players) with a Ball per group. Players pass the ball around to each other. As shown in the diagram below you dont have to use a circle.

To make the drill harder add more balls or ask them to make a specific movement when they receive the ball. 

To make it easier get the players to throw the ball to each other. Throwing the ball means players keep their head up and see the whole picture. They could also be asked to stop and take a look before passing.



Work in small areas:  Target Game -This game takes the previous drill a step further by making it directional. On a pitch appropriate to the number and age of the players mark out a playing area with two end zones (as below). The players are split into small groups and are asked to pass the ball between each other making the final pass to one of their teammates making a run into the end zone. They then turn around and work to the other end zone. 

The game can then be progressed by playing one team against anotherInitially there will be a target player for each team. Each team has one player in the end zone that they are attacking and they score a point for each time they pass the ball to their team mate in the end zone.

The game can be made harder by having all the players in the main area with a player needing to make runs into the end zone to receive the ball and score a point. To make it easier the players can through the ball to each other. 



Group Work:   Vision Game – Is another game where players must use their insight and get their heads up. Lots of decision making. The idea is for the teams to score in any of the 3 goals by passing the ball between the cones.

To make the game harder put one extra person behind the goals. They do not touch the ball but run behind the line of the three goals. If they are standing behind a specific goal, the other team cant score behind that goal.

To make the game easier, either overload the teams or play with a floating player who plays for both teams.

Follow this with a normal game. 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.