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Shielding the ball (U9 activity)

BALL CONTROL 5

Shielding the ball

10 SECOND CHALLENGE

“Keep your body between ball and opponent” • “Use touch to keep opponent at arms length” • “Keep the ball close to you”

Set up an area made up of 3 x 3 yards squares. Split your players into pairs and put one pair in each square with a ball.

The challenge is for the player with the ball to keep control of it for 10 seconds, using good technique to shield the ball from the other player.

10 seconds doesn’t sound much, but it is difficult to hold onto the ball for longer at this age. Please experiment with longer times if you get players easily making the count.

Try to pair players up evenly – you don’t want to have the biggest player shielding the ball from the smallest member of the group.

How many players do I need?

Players work in pairs.

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