When you play training games with your team if you have an odd number of players it is always a good idea to play a 'magic man'. This is a position of great responsibility because this player can catch the opposition out during transition or can be the player who creates goal scoring chances because he/she is less likely to be marked when the ball is transferred. MORE
Pass, dribble and shoot (U13 activity)
Pass, dribble and shoot
SUPPORT THE STRIKER
“Good first touch” • “Keep the ball in front of you” • “Check where the ball is and cover movement” • “Accuracy over power” • “Accurate passing”
Set up a 30 x 20 yards area with a goal in one corner and four cones arranged in a diamond in the other corner, plus a shooting gate 12 yards in front of the goal.
You can play this game simply so that player 1 passes to 2 who passes to 3 and then 3 passes to 4 who dribbles and shoots.
Or play it a bit more complicated – player 1 passes to 2 who sets back to 1 to pass to player 3. Player 3 sets back to 2 who passes to player 4 to dribble and shoot.
In the final progression add a player who must defend in front of the gates that the attacker must beat in a 1v1 before shooting.
Players should be receiving the ball on the back foot and first touch should get it out from under the feet to make the next pass easier.
How many players do I need?
You need seven players for this activity.