In December 2010 I put together a practice plan Passing the Barcelona Way? My guess at how a youth coaching session at Barca may look. In the last couple of days I have watched a video of Jose Mourinho coaching and compared that to the copy of the supposed "39 Drills" bible that I have (download them here), from which I have put together a training experience that I think he might run with a young grassroots youth team.
You can view the video of his session, which I first saw on Ricky Clarkes blog here.
The Set Up: Magic Rectangle - The overall pitch size is 50x30 with the central third being 20 yards long.
Warm Up: Ball Work - One of the things Jose talks about in the video is for young players to be warming up with a ball and he says practising passing routines is one way that we can achieve this. Using the outer rectangles here are two ideas for you:
In the exercise above three players stand between two cones on the edge of the rectangle, a player passes the ball to a team mate and moves the to the gap between two cones that no one is standing between, thus recreating movement into space.and passing triangles.
Work in small groups: Passing Under Pressure - The session would then be progressed by running the same exercises as the warm up but adding a player to the centre of each rectangle who applies either limited pressure or full pressure - dependant upon the ability of each group. Don't forget to rotate the player in the middle!
Before moving onto the next part of the session move the four central cones out 5 yards to make a 20x20 playing area.
Work in small areas: Drill 21 - Players play 3v3 or 4v4 in the 20x20 playing area with 2 unopposed neutral full backs in outside channels. Teams can only score by playing the ball into someone who gets the ball under control in the end zone. Players can not dribble in themselves, or arrive before the ball.
One of the things that Mourinho talks about in the video is the need for youth players to learn to play different positions, so take the opportunity to switch the objectives around so each team gets to play both roles and switch player roles around too,
Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking to appropriate passing opportunities.
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