EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Develop turning skills (U14 activity)

ATTACKING 2

Develop turning skills

CREATE SPACE TO TURN

“Make quick decisions” • “Change direction to fool the defender” • “Keep your body between the defender and the ball” • “Keep control of the ball”

Set up a 10 x 10 yards area. Start with five players – two receivers at the top end, a server at the bottom end and an attacker and defender in the centre.

The server passes to the attacker who has the defender behind him. The attacker must try to get the ball to one of the two receivers at the top end.

Keeping the defender at arms length, the attacker leans into the defender and rolls around them and into the space to make the pass. To make sure the defender is an arms length away, the attacker should hold his arm out and touch the defender.

In the progression you need three receivers – positioned on three sides of the square – and a second defender plus the server and the first defender in the centre.

Now the attacker has to work much harder to get a pass away. Allow him to release the ball back to the server if he gets blocked.

How many players do I need?

We used seven players in this activity – five in the first part and then another two in the progression.

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