Saturday, 29 September 2012

Dribble or Pass?

Objective: To develop the decision-making of the player in possession.

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 one line of the cones that mark out the central area - 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.


Four Goal Game: A regular game but each team has a goal in each corner they can shoot for. As well as helping to improve basic techniques. This game also helps to improve a players vision. The use of four goals means that players will learn to use the space on the flanks by switching play. 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. The team without possession need to play smart because the extra goal will make it seem like they are playing a player down.



The Arsenal Game: Arsenals play is made up of lots of quick short passing with plenty of movement off the ball. They use give and goes a lot (wall passes). The game is a standard game, except that the neutral players on each side can be used. The neutral players play with the team that have possession. They take any kick-ins from their side. Having the neutral players encourages plenty of give and goes. The players should also be encouraged to play at a fast tempo. Change the neutral players every few minutes. 




Normal Game: Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking players on or passing to create scoring opportunities

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Player Plus Skills Spectrum

The Player Plus SKILLS SPECTRUM, is an online home-study programme designed to help young players master 24 tricks and develop an extensive skills inventory. In the same way that colours make up the rainbow’s spectrum, a large variety of tricks and turns make up the SKILLS SPECTRUM! 

The programme consists of 4 stages, 24 skills and an award system whereby the player, their parents and their coaches can accurately evaluate their progress. The SKILLS SPECTRUM programme includes an award system of certificates. In order to earn certificates and progress through the SKILLS SPECTRUM, players must complete all skills at each stage at each particular level.

Player Plus believe that young players must master the ball from an early age with both feet; therefore this package offers the resources required to develop and perfect a large number of useable tricks and turns. 

This online skills home-study programme is designed to probe the competitiveness of a child and encourage them to want to improve via practice from home. The Player Plus SKILLS SPECTRUM is an effective tool, which will vastly improve young players ball mastery, dribbling and turning techniques on both feet

This programme was created in order to increase young players contact time with a football, encourage deliberate practice and probe a child’s intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to practice from home. The introduction of this free skills home-study programme will help create a desire to practice with a football for a number of hours and hugely contribute to creating outstanding technical individuals. The purpose of this tool is to create individuals with an extensive skills inventory who can then be encouraged and coached to make effective decisions – NOT to create circus clowns who perform tricks but lose possession or have no end product.

Find out more here: http://www.playerpluscoaching.com/skills.html


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Dribble or Pass?

Objective: To develop the decision-making of the player in possession.

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.



One Big Two Small Goals: This game can be played in small numbers in a small area or larger numbers in a larger area, so long as their is an overload for the team attacking the big goal. The objective for the attackers is to score past the keeper in the big goal, for the defenders the objective is get the ball through one of the two small goals which have been placed at the other end of the playing area.

Make it easier by increasing the number of attackers.

Make it harder by making the playing area smaller.




Vertical Lane Game: Place small cones at the end of each of the vertical zones. Players in must stay in their allocated zones. The objective for each team is to score in any of the three small cones they are attacking. This game creates loads of opportunities for 1v1's and the chance for even the least developed players to score for their team.

Make it easier by making the goals larger.

Make it harder by asking players to dribble the goal to score.




Normal Game: Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking players on or passing to create scoring opportunities

Our diagrams are produced using session template software (with new functionality) from Academy Soccer Coach. Click here to visit their website and access free soccer downloads