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.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

1v1 Change of Direction

Objective: Focus on being able to change direction in 1v1 situations both with and without the ball.

This session was used for the first training session after the summer break, where a number of new players where joining the team. It created a lot of fun and laughter, but at the same time helped me as the coach to gauge the ability of the new players. It also gave the players lots of opportunities to score goals.

Ball Work - As players arrive they are asked to get a ball, find some space on the pitch and individual practise their dribbling and juggling skills - Fifa street style. Then players where asked to demonstrate for the rest of the team any new skills they had taught themselves during the summer holidays.

Lose Your Marker - Split players into four groups. One group will be the attacking player, one group the defending player and two groups will be the passers (each one of these should have a ball. Goalkeepers are optional).

An attacker and a defender stand opposite each other, 3 yards apart, the defender has their back to goal. The attacking player has to make a run to lose their marker in order to get a first time shot at goal. They have to call the name of the player they want to receive a pass from in order to get a first time shot on goal.. The defending player cannot move until the attacker makes their run between the two cones. Rotate the players through the positions regularly as this game can be get quite tiring.

1v1 to Two Goals: Split your players into two groups, defenders and attackers. The defending group will each start with a ball. 

The defender passes the ball accurately across the area to the attacker and runs forward to defend. The attacker must attempt to get past the defender in order to score in one of the target goals, by using trick feints or speed to beat them. Rotate the players the by getting them to go to the opposite line after each attempt.

Multiball Game: Pick two teams, one attacking and one defending and place a quantity of balls in the middle of the pitch. You will need more than the number of players in the attacking team.

The defending team defend the goals but are not allowed to act as keepers or permanently stand in the goals. The attacking team continuously  take a ball from the middle and attempt to beat defenders or take advantage of space to score goals, until all the balls have gone. If an attacking player misses a shot they have to collect their ball and return it to the middle. Once all the balls have been used the teams change roles. The team which scores with all the balls in the quickest times wins.

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