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Dancing feet

Sharpen up your players’ close control and improve their touch when in possession of the ball with this session that will help their “dancing feet” dazzle opponents.

What this session is about

  1. Receiving the ball.
  2. Improving ball familiarity.

What to think about

When controlling the ball, players need to:

  • Use light, gentle touches to manoeuvre the ball and keep it within playing distance.
  • Be light on their toes, stay nice and balanced.
  • Demonstrate good passing/receiving technique. EG. Make it easy for a team mate to control the pass/cushion the ball on impact and out of the feet.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up lines of 10 cones and line up players at one end. The first player at the front of each queue has a ball. He moves along the line of cones with the ball, using three touches for each gap between the cones. He taps the ball from his right foot to left and back again, and with the third touch (on the right foot), he advances the ball to the next gap, past the cone.

The next player can start once the first player is about halfway along the cones. After a set time, switch the sequence so the left foot is used predominately.

To progress, players pair up, one either side of the line. This time player A passes, with his first touch to player B through the first gap. Player B uses his left foot to control the ball to the next gap and passes through it with the right foot. Player A passes first time back through the same gap then switch so player A has to control the ball more.

Players use just three touches of the ball to progress from cone to cone.

Players use just three touches of the ball to progress from cone to cone.


Development

Mark out a three-yard square and place a player at each corner. The players at one end (servers) pass a ball to their partners (receivers), who pass it back first time.

The receivers quickly swap positions, while the servers control the ball with the inside of one foot and return the pass to their new receiver with their other foot. After a set time, servers and receivers swap roles.

To progress, receivers use the outside of their foot to control the ball.

Servers (S) control and pass a ball to a receiver, who swaps positions with the other receiver after a one-time pass back.

Servers (S) control and pass a ball to a receiver, who swaps positions with the other receiver after a one-time pass back.


Game situation

Set up a 30-yard square that has two flag gate goals, two cone squares (two yards square) and a cone triangle (two-yard edges), placed randomly around the playing area.

Play 4v4. Teams score a point when one of their players dribbles through either of the gate goals or through the shapes so long as they exit through a side adjacent to the side they entered without stopping.

Teams also score points for successfully completing a pass through the gate goals or shapes. Restart play with a dribble-in when it goes out of the area. The team that demonstrates the best use of its dancing feet and scores most points wins.

In a 4v4, teams earn points for dribbling or passing through flag goals, squares and a triangle.

In a 4v4, teams earn points for dribbling or passing through flag goals, squares and a triangle.


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