EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Basic running with the ball

This will teach your players how to travel longer distances quickly while maintaining possession of the ball.

What this session is about

  1. Moving quickly with the ball over longer distances.
  2. Attacking space.

What to think about

Players need to:

  • See if there is space ahead to exploit.
  • Use their first touch to push the ball well out in front so that they can run onto it.
  • Move the ball with the “laces”.
  • Run quickly in a straight line.
  • Take as few touches as possible.
  • Get their head up to assess options before passing, crossing etc.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play in a 30-yard square divided in two. Teams start at opposite ends in opposite channels, each player with a ball. The first player in each team simply runs down the channel keeping possession of the ball and with his head up. The player then joins the back of the line and the next player goes.

Players quickly run with the ball, keeping control of it with as few touches as possible while keeping their head up.

Players quickly run with the ball, keeping control of it with as few touches as possible while keeping their head up.


Development

Play on a 30 x 20 yard pitch. Place cones every five yards along the length of the pitch (left and right).

Players (P1 and P2) go in pairs in a continuous activity. Both start at right cone 1. P1 starts with the ball and passes it for P2 to run onto. P2 now runs across to left cone 1 with P1 in pursuit trying to win the ball. Once P2 reaches the far cone, he rolls the ball for P1 to run back to right cone 2 and gives pursuit/applies pressure. Continue until they have completed all the cones.

From right cone 1, P1 rolls the ball to P2 who takes it to left cone 1 with P1 in pursuit. P2 then rolls to P1 towards right cone 2.

From right cone 1, P1 rolls the ball to P2 who takes it to left cone 1 with P1 in pursuit. P2 then rolls to P1 towards right cone 2.


Game situation

Play 4v4 on a 40 x 25 yard pitch with two goals but no keepers. Divide the pitch into four 10-yard zones and goals can only be scored in the zones containing the goal.

Players score additional points by using correct running with the ball technique from zone to zone.

A player gets two points if he can maintain possession through two zones and five if he can run with the ball from endzone to endzone.

Play 4v4. Goals can only be scored in endzones but players can get extra points by running quickly with the ball through zones.

Play 4v4. Goals can only be scored in endzones but players can get extra points by running quickly with the ball through zones.


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