What has been great during the international break in Europe for the Euro qualifying games has been the performance of England's youngsters, especially the skills of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho. Get your players using skills for your team MORE
Players will find the skills learned in this session helpful for when they want to change the direction of an attack or work their way out of a tight situation.
What this session is about
- Developing your ball control.
- Switching the direction of an attack
What to think about
The sole of the foot furthest from the ball drags it diagonally back and across the body. Then, the inside of same foot taps the ball diagonally away in the other direction. The ball should have travelled back towards and then away from the player in a “V” shape.
- A 10 yards by 10 yards grid, increasing to a 30 yards by 20 yards playing area with target zones coned off in each corner.
- 1 ball per player.
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What you get your players to do
Practise the technique of dragging the ball back across the body and away in a “V” shape 10 times without running. Then repeat with the other foot.
Now practise again, this time moving forward at a slow pace.
Players pair up and face each other. Repeat the previous drill, with one player acting as a passive defender, shuffling backwards as the player with the ball moves forward. Get the players to switch roles.
Repeat, but this time the players on the ball must use alternate feet as they move forward. The defender must threaten the ball and can steal it if the attacker loses control.
In a 10 yards by 10 yards grid, play a game of 3v1 keepaway, encouraging players to try out their new skills.
Play 4v4 in an area approximately 30 yards by 20 yards with four coned target zones, one in each corner. Either team can dribble, or pass to a player, in any target zone to score.
Once a team has scored in one zone, their next attempt to score must be in a different zone. This encourages players to switch play quickly.
What to call out
- “Be light on your feet”
- “Bring the ball towards you and then away”
- “Keep the ball close”