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Block passes by the other side (U7 game)
Block passes by the other side
BLOCK THE PASS
“Get in the way of the ball” • “Get to the ball before the other player”
Set up a 15 x 15 yards area. Put three pairs of players in the area – one pair at either end and a pressing pair in the middle.
Here the game starts with the yellow pair who must get the ball to the red pair without the pressing blue pair winning the ball.
The players in each end pair can pass the ball between themselves three times before they have to pass it to the other end. There should be space for them to pass between the middle pair, but it is up to the middle pair to close down that space.
Get some parents to be helpers for this one because the players will not keep the ball for long, probably for 10 or 15 seconds before they lose it. You need to feed in balls regularly so you don’t want to waste time collecting them up.
Play for three goes then change the pressing pair.
How many players do I need?
Use six players for this game in three groups of two players.
Body position is important to pressing.
Movement to close up spaces.
Try to ‘see’ the pass.