For improving players, turning with the ball while keeping it under control is an important development phase. Key to this are practising different turning techniques and developing spatial awareness (knowing when and where to turn). Here are five great drills and activities that will help your players keep control when they are turning with the ball.... MORE
Develop turning skills (U14 game)
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”
Position three players – A, B and C – in a line 10 yards apart. Start with this simple passing and turning exercise – A passes to B who turns and passes to C.
Then you need a pole for the receiving player to turn around after receiving the ball from A then passing to C – The ball comes back from C to B so the working player is turning both ways around the pole.
Move play on after four turns so B goes to C, C dribbles to A and A becomes the turning player.
Progress the session so players are working with a goal and goalkeeper – get them to try the turning exercise in a match-like situation.
While controlling the ball the player turns to the left, swinging his body around ready to take a route towards the goal i.e. away from the defender, who will struggle to make a challenge if the control and turn is made skilfully enough.
How many players do I need?
This game requires three players and a goalkeeper.
Turn technique is key to the session.
Accuracy with shots and passing.
Work the goalkeeper.