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Pressed into action – warm-up

WHY USE IT

This combines a technical warm-up of passing, with movements from the defensive team that scaffolds the learning of the next phase.

SET UP

Divide a pitch into thirds, with the size relative to the age and ability of your players. Split players into three groups.

HOW TO PLAY

Two Blue teams keep possession from the Reds. The Blues look to make at least three passes before transferring the ball across to the other Blue team. The ball must be played below waist height. In this warm up, the Reds apply passive pressure only (no tackling). Only one Red can enter the end zone at a time and encourage the players to change if the ball gets switched (e.g. closest Red player comes in to apply pressure and the other drops back into the middle zone). Switch teams in the middle after two minutes. Blues get a point for every successful transfer, and Reds get a point if they intercept the pass.

Progression: Two Reds can enter the end zone (still only passive pressure).

COACHING POINTS

Encourage Reds to communicate who goes in to press, with remaining Reds forming defensive cover. Blues should shift the ball quickly to unbalance Reds, in order to transfer the ball.

1. One Blue team looks to switch the ball to the other Blue team

2. One Red at a time can enter end zone to apply pressure

3. Progress to allow two Reds to apply passive pressure

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