If you want to see how your players could perform in a midfield sweeper role, use this realistic session to help them become comfortable playing in tight areas. MORE
Always on the look-out
Even when not in possession, good footballers play with their head up to be aware of what’s going on around them. This means when the ball comes their way they can make well-informed and quick decisions and are more likely to make good use of the ball.
What this session is about
- Playing with their head up to get a “picture” of what’s around them.
- Keeping possession.
What to think about
- Adopt an “open-body” stance. This means, positioning their body so they are always able to see both goals.
- Observe where team mates and opponents are before receiving the ball. That includes glancing over the shoulder.
- Know where the next pass is going before receiving the ball.
- Move to make sure they are seen by the player with the ball.
- Communicate with team mates.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Set up a 10-yard square. Place a player outside on each side of the square, each holding a differentcoloured cone. Four players inside the square pass and move among themselves. After three passes, the ball is passed to an outside player. When that outside player passes the ball back in, the player directly opposite him holds up the cone he is holding. The inside player receiving the pass shouts out that colour before taking full control of the ball.
Continue for three more passes then repeat. Switch inside and outside players regularly as well as shuffling the positions of the cone holders so players cannot memorise where they are.
To progress, play two-touch – then encourage players to pass first time.
Repeat the session but play 3v1 in the middle. This time the ball can be passed to an outside player after two passes. Switch and shuffle as before.
This time, play 2v2 in the box. One of the cone holders plays for the team in possession, making it a 3v2. The three outside cone holders now have a free side to run into. Inside players can only pass to an outside player if he is directly opposite another cone holder. The team in possession must complete at least one pass before passing to a cone holder and they score a “goal” for correctly calling out three colours in a row.