Saturday, 31 August 2013

Taking Chances to Score

Objective: To encourage players to take opportunties to score goals/points. 

The Set Up: For the session there is little moving of cones once you have them set up.

Football Dancing - Every player takes a ball, finds some space on the pitch and performs their own dance routine with the ball on the floor. In the video below you will get an idea of some of the moves you can expect from your players.

Panna - Next get the players to choose a partner and have one ball per pair and play Panna, They get three points for each panna, but ask them to take each chance they get to put the ball through their partners legs. Not to just shield the ball. Check out the video below of ISSA coaches playing the game.

Shoot First Time: Split the group into two teams ensuring that one team has more players than the other. The players stand in separate lines facing the goalkeeper.

The coach throws the ball over their heads and the two players at the front race for the ball. The first player to the ball must shoot as quickly as possible. They play until the ball is dead, a goal scored, a save or ball out of the area. The emphasis of your praise should be on goals scored or chances taken with a first time shot, before the defender has a chance to recover.

Shoot on SIght: As in the previous game reward the effort of shooting when an opportunity arises. You will require a keeper in each goal and two teams.

The coach serves randomly throws a ball into the area. Players from either team compete to get the ball and score in any of the three goals. They must not pass the ball if a shot was possible. Players should have a sense of urgency and composure in front of goal. Finishing
quickly doesn't mean panicking. All of the keepers are neutral  If the ball goes out of play the coach immediately throws another ball into the area. If a goalkeeper catches a ball, then they throw it into the middle. 

Overload: This game gives an advantage to the attacking team with an extra player in each attack allowing them to create an opportunity for a quick shot at goal. Two teams stand either side of a goal, with one player from each time going to stand by a cone next to the coach, who should have a collection of footballs.

The coach passes a ball to one of the two teams standing either side of the goal. This team then become the attacking team trying to score past the goalkeeper. As the ball from the coach reaches the attacking team he shouts out a number 1,2 or 3. That number of players from each team (which includes the receiver of the pass) run onto the pitch. 

The attacking teams first touch must be a pass back up the pitch to their team-mate in the middle of the pitch. The player in the middle joins the play with the ball creating an overload for their team. The attacking team are looking to use the extra man for a quick shot at goal. 

The defending teams player must wait in the middle as the objective for the defending team is to recover the ball and pass it back to their player in the middle.

After each attempt the player from each team that was at the front of the queue goes to the middle and the players in the middle go to the back of their respective queues.

Normal Game: Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking opportunities to shoot quickly.

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