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Make a 3 yard pass and follow the ball (U8 activity)
Make a 3 yard pass and follow the ball
KING OF THE SQUARE
“Use the inside of the foot” • “Look to where the ball is going” • “Run after the ball”
Set up an area with a centre cone and four cones in a square 3 yards from the centre. Put a player in the centre and players, with balls, on three of the outer cones.
When you say “go”, one of the outer players passes to the centre player then follows his pass into the centre. The player in the centre controls the ball, turns and dribbles to the free cone.
The next player then passes to the centre and follows his pass. Again, the player in the centre stops the ball, turns and dribbles to the free cone.
As players have to turn to go to the free cone, this makes control of the ball that little bit harder.
Players take it in turns to pass and dribble. Try to get the players to speed it up by timing the move and then asking the other players to beat that time.
How many players do I need?
We used four players in the activity.