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Shielding the ball

Watch your players’ confidence soar when they realise they can keep control of the ball for longer by using their bodies as a shield to protect the ball.

What this session is about

  1. Improving ball control.
  2. Improving confidence when in possession.

What to think about

Players shielding the ball need to:

  • Place the body between the ball and the defender.
  • Point the shoulder at the opponent.
  • Have the knees bent, bottom lowered and the feet must be shoulder-width apart.
  • Place an arm in the centre of the opponent’s chest.
  • Use the arms, shoulders, body and legs to keep the opponent away.
  • Keep the ball moving by using the foot farthest from the opponent.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Use one ball between two players. Place the ball on a disc cone and play 1v1.

Without touching it, one player must shield the ball for 10 seconds and stop the opponent knocking the ball off the cone.

If the player shielding the ball is successful, he earns a point. The opponent wins a point for knocking the ball off the disc cone. Players reverse the roles after five attempts each. After that, players change partners.

To progress, players move to a 10-yard square and repeat the drill, but this time without the cone, meaning the player in possession can now move the ball to keep it away from the defender.

One player tries to shield the ball from an opponent.

One player tries to shield the ball from an opponent.


Development

Now add a serving player at each end of the area. The attacker receives a pass from a server and attempts to pass the ball to the other server before repeating the drill from that end.

Players reverse roles after five attempts each then players switch roles with the servers.

A player receives a pass from a server, shields the ball and tries to pass to the server at the opposite end.

A player receives a pass from a server, shields the ball and tries to pass to the server at the opposite end.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in an area 30×20 yards. Each player can only be marked by one opponent on the opposite team.

The team in possession tries to keep the ball for 30 seconds to win a point (increase the time if teams find this too easy), but when an attacking player receives the ball, he must have a minimum of three touches before passing.

The defending team can intercept passes as well as try to win the ball in 1v1 shielding situations.

The team that has the most points at the end wins.

Teams win points for every 30 seconds they can retain possession of the ball.

Teams win points for every 30 seconds they can retain possession of the ball.


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