Allow your players to develop confidence and technique in this three-part session. By HANNAH DUNCAN MORE
Dribble the ball 3 yards, stop, then play a one-two pass (U10 game)
BALL CONTROL 4
Dribble the ball 3 yards, stop, then play a one-two pass
THROUGH THE GATE
“Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Look up to see where to stop the ball” • “Use the sole of your foot to stop the ball” • “Pass and receive then dribble to the square”
Set up a 10 x 10 yards area with two 1 yard cone gates and a 1 x 1 yard cone square as shown in the diagram. You need three players, each with a ball, and a server for each team.
The three players start 3 yards from the first gate and the server stands 2 yards the other side. When you say “go”, player 1 dribbles to the first gate then plays a one-twothree with the server.
Player 1 then runs to the top gate where he receives a pass from the server and dribbles through the gate to the square at the end. When player 1 has stopped the ball in the square, player 2 goes.
You can make this competitive by setting up another area alongside and racing teams against each other. The first team to get three balls to the square at the end wins.
How many players do I need?
Run this game with four players in each team. Teams play against each other.
Players concentrate on accuracy of dribbling.
The tackling players just knock the ball away if they win it.
Turning away from danger while controlling the ball is key.