INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Skills square

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

  1.  Dribbling.
  2.  Forward passing.
  3.  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.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
15 minutes10 minutes10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes

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.

Players dribble across the area and use quick feet to go through the cones.

Players dribble across the area and use quick feet to go through the cones.


Development

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.

Players pass across the area to their team mate and run across too. They have to avoid colliding with the other team’s ball and players.

Players pass across the area to their team mate and run across too. They have to avoid colliding with the other team’s ball and players.


Game situation

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.

Play 2v2 game with two neutral players. Players use their skill and quick passing to score before team mates take their place.

Play 2v2 game with two neutral players. Players use their skill and quick passing to score before team mates take their place.


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