INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Easter egg cup

Try out this fun session in which two teams compete to win the Easter egg cup. This type of practice makes a great change from your normal style of training and is guaranteed fun for the players.

What this session is about

  1.  Fun games.
  2.  Building a winning mentality.
  3.  Team building.

What to think about

Once in a while, a session should be free from coaching and be about playing the game in order to learn and develop your players’ love for the game.

A good time to run these sessions is after losing a match or, perhaps, just before a festive break.

By picking two teams, you can add a competitive edge to the session and encourage team building and a winning mentality throughout.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with a target goal at opposite corners and line up a team at each end, as shown in the top picture.

To start, A1 dribbles an egg (ball) to the line and uses a pass shot to try and score in the nest (target goal). B1 must quickly react when A1 begins his run and dashes to slide and block the shot.

Then B2 dribbles a ball forward to pass into the opposite target goal. A1 reacts and runs across to try to slide and block the shot.

The drill works continuously in this way so all players attack and defend.

The team that scores most goals wins.

A1 dribbles a ball and shoots for goal while B1 tries to slide and block the shot.

A1 dribbles a ball and shoots for goal while B1 tries to slide and block the shot.


Development

Mark out an area and place eggs (balls) on cones around the area, as shown in the middle picture.

Use two teams. Team A has an egg on each line on the cones, as does team B.

The aim of this game is to score a point by passing and knocking the egg off the opponent’s cones.

Teams must complete three passes before they are allowed to shoot at the cones.

After a point is scored, the ball is replaced on the cone and the game is restarted when you pass a ball onto the pitch.

Teams try to knock the opponent’s balls off their cones.

Teams try to knock the opponent’s balls off their cones.


Game situation

Mark out an area with a goal at one end and two cone goals at the opposite end, as shown in the bottom picture.

Use two teams. Team A defends the big goal and tries to stop team B from scoring past the keeper.

On winning possession, team A must try to dribble the ball off the pitch by going through one of the cone goals.

If successful, the roles in the game are reversed and team B must now defend the big goal. Roles are also reversed if a team scores in the big goal.

The keeper has no allegiance to either team and simply tries to stop goals.

The player who dribbles through the cone goal now completes a turn and comes back onto the pitch to restart the game. The team that scores most goals in the big goal wins.

Teams try to score in the big goal by winning possession, dribbling off the pitch through a cone goal and returning to attack in the area.

Teams try to score in the big goal by winning possession, dribbling off the pitch through a cone goal and returning to attack in the area.


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