EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

One-touch wonders

The ability to increase the speed of an attack through rapid one-touch passing can leave opposing defences in a spin. Teach your players how to do it with this session.

What this session is about

  1. Increasing tempo of passing.
  2. Accurate, short passing.

What to think about

Your players should:

  • Know where the next pass is heading before they receive the ball.
  • Use the correct pace so the team mate they pass to can play the next pass with ease.
  • Use the correct technique, E.G. to use the side-foot , the belly button faces the target, the inside of the kicking foot is at a right angle to the ball and the leg follows through after contact with the ball, etc. However, encourage flicks, back-heels, etc.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a 10-yard square for every four players, as shown in the top picture.

Play 3v1 “keep ball”. Begin with a passive defender who applies pressure but does not challenge for the ball.

Encourage players to pass the ball first time if they have the opportunity. Be sure to rotate players so everyone has been the defender.

To progress, attackers score a point for five first-time passes. The passes don’t have to be consecutive, but all five have to be done without the defender, now active, winning the ball or knocking it out of play. Defenders win a point for interceptions.

To progress, attackers win a point for every set of three consecutive one-touch passes.

Play 3v1 “keep ball” in which the passers earn points for successful one-touch passes.

Play 3v1 “keep ball” in which the passers earn points for successful one-touch passes.


Development

Play 4v4 in a 20-yard square. Teams score a point for three successfully completed first-time passes. The passes don’t have to be consecutive, but all three have to be completed without the opposition winning the ball, or the ball going out of play. Restart play with a pass-in.

Now challenge teams to score additional points for consecutive first-time passes. Start with two, then raise it to three.

Play 4v4 with one team trying to intercept onetouch passes between their opposition.

Play 4v4 with one team trying to intercept onetouch passes between their opposition.


Game situation

Play a 4v4 small-sided game in an area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide. Add one target player outside the pitch at either end who plays for the team in possession, as shown in the bottom picture.

To score a point, teams make a first-time pass to either target player, although they can also score a point for three consecutive first-time passes within the area.

Once teams are successful at one end they receive the ball back from the target player and can try to pass to the target man at the opposite end.

Keep count of the number of points scored so there is a winning team.

Teams try to keep possession with quick passes and can use target players at each end to win points.

Teams try to keep possession with quick passes and can use target players at each end to win points.


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