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Shake off and pass

This session is ideal for getting players to practise shaking off defenders in tight areas and creating room to execute the next technique – in this case a pass.

What this session is about

  1. Changing direction at speed to wrong foot defenders and create space.
  2. Developing turning and dribbling skills.
  3. Improving ball familiarity.

What to think about

Are your players:

  • Keeping the ball within playing distance.
  • Using fakes or feints to unbalance defenders.
  • Using the inside, outside and sole of either foot.
  • Accelerating out of the turn.
  • Being composed before using a good passing technique.

Encourage a variety of turning techniques – for example, the stop turn, Cruyff turn and hook turn.

Set-up

Position two cones approximately four yards to six yards apart.
Have one ball between two players.
You will need more cones or mini goals for the development stage.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Players face each other centrally between the cones, either side of an imaginary line.

The object of this session is for the player with the ball to dribble to either cone and stop the ball beside it with the sole of their foot before the defender can touch the same cone with their own foot. Can the attacker use tricks or feints to get a head start on the defender?

The attacker has five attempts before becoming the defender.

The attacker races to the cone and aims to beat the defender.

The attacker races to the cone and aims to beat the defender.


Development

Add two pairs of cones (or two goals) behind each player, approximately 4 yards to 6 yards apart, and about 5 yards from the initial cones. (You can set up these extra cones/goals at the beginning of the session.)

Players once again face each other either side of the imaginary line. This time, the attacker must use his skills to create space.

Once they have achieved this they must pass the ball behind their opponent and into one of the two goals.

The attacker looks to make space and pass the ball into the goal.

The attacker looks to make space and pass the ball into the goal.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a 30 yards by 30 yards playing area, with five goals or “gates” (five pairs of cones) spaced throughout.

To win a point, teams have to successfully pass the ball through a “gate” to a team mate the other side.

The first team to 10 points wins.

Players make space to receive a pass through the gate and win a point.

Players make space to receive a pass through the gate and win a point.


What to call out

  • “Keep the ball under close control.”
  • “Attack the turn”
  • “Sprint away”
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