I was out walking on the local golf course where I live this week and in the distance I saw a child running from what seemed miles away at top speed. As the child got closer I realised that it was someone dribbling a ball. Of course on the fairways it was like being at Wembley on a well cared for football pitch! It was great to see a child enjoying dribbling a ball, chipping over the bunkers and swerving around the patches of heather that catch out an unwary golfer. MORE
If a player is quick with his feet, passing and mind, he will beat opponents. This session will help you develop these abilities in your players to help them get past defenders and score a goal.
What this session is about
- Forward passing.
- Movement off the ball.
What to think about
All footballers have the ability to complete basic tasks such as dribbling, controlling the ball and passing the ball. However, the top players we love to watch in the English Premier League, such as Mata, Van Persie, Bale, Modric, Silva and Aguero, have the ability to complete these tasks at a far greater speed than their peers.
To create pressure on players to think quickly and be spontaneous in their ability to beat opponents, we must continually place them in small areas where the need for close control and quick decision making is essential.
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What you get your players to do
Mark out a 20-yard “skills” square and space your players around each side, as in the top picture.
Players dribble a ball across the area at top speed and go through the cones to the opposite side.
A player on this side then takes possession and dribbles in the opposite direction, taking care not to run into anyone else or the cones.
This practice can be very physical for the players so it has to be split into three periods, with a rest between each of them.
Use the same size area and remove the cones. Now the players pass the ball across the area to a team mate then run across to the other side. The players must be careful to not hit the opposing players with their pass or run, as shown in the middle picture.
The players can avoid collision by taking a touch to the side in order to change the angle and create space to pass.
Again this practice is very physically demanding so use the same work and rest time periods as in the session above.
Add four mini goals to two of the sides of the area and two neutral players, as shown in the bottom picture.
Using two teams, play 2v2 in the area. You start this all-action game by passing to one of the teams.
Each team can pass the ball back or forward to either of the two neutral players and will receive a return pass.
Encourage players to attack the opponents’ goals by dribbling and then looking to play quick combination play with their team mate in order to score.
After each goal, each team sends two new pairs of players onto the pitch. The first team scoring 10 goals wins. If the ball goes off the pitch, you pass back to the team which would have won a throw, goal kick or corner.
To progress, move the two neutral players to the sides rather than between the mini goals.