INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Chip shape

The chip is an important technique for all players to master. It can be used to lift the ball over an advancing goalkeeper or for lofted passes over a relatively short distance.

What this session is about

Learning a passing or shooting technique.

What to think about

  • Place the non-kicking foot just to the side and just behind the ball.
  • “Stab” at the ball using a choppy, snappy foot action.
  • Get underneath the ball and strike below its centre.
  • Use the top of the foot to elevate the ball after it is off the ground.
  • Use a short backlift and no follow-through.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes20-25 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Put the squad into pairs with a ball between them. Players stand five yards apart. Starting with a stationary ball, a player chips it up to chest height for his partner to catch. Repeat several times before the players switch roles.

To progress, one player, acting as a server, passes the ball to his partner who chips it back first time for the server to catch. After each successful chip, the server takes a step back and repeats the drill, until the server is 10 yards away. The players then switch roles.

In pairs, players chip the ball to each other at chest height.

In pairs, players chip the ball to each other at chest height.


Development

Using a penalty area, players begin on the sixyard line with a ball each and chip the ball so that it lands between the goal line and the net without touching the net or crossbar on its way.

Once they have done that they should try to achieve the same result after moving back so they are in line with, first, the penalty spot, then the edge of the penalty area and finally the edge of the penalty box “D”, although these stages can be adjusted depending on age and ability.

Players chip the ball from a variety of positions so it lands between the goal line and the back of the net.

Players chip the ball from a variety of positions so it lands between the goal line and the back of the net.


Game situation

Play 4v4 as in the bottom picture. Place two target players in each end zone. To win a point, a team has to chip the ball to a target player who must control it within the end zone. If successful, the team receives the ball back from the target player and attacks the opposite end. Both teams compete for the ball in the main area. The first team to score three points wins, after which, change the teams around and play again.

Play 4v4 in the main area. The aim is to chip the ball to a target player in one of the end zones.

Play 4v4 in the main area. The aim is to chip the ball to a target player in one of the end zones.


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