I have been looking through my curriculum for the youngest age group Under7- Under 8 to help out some parent coaches that have come to me for advise as they had volunteered to take they younger age groups next season. A couple of them asked how I’d kick things off, and I thought I’d share... 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.