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The art of turning
Being able to turn with the ball under close control is an important skill in any player’s armoury. “The art of turning” will improve your players’ ability to turn whilst dribbling the ball and turning away from a defender when receiving a pass.
What this session is about
- Dribbling and turning away from a defender.
- Turning away from a defender when receiving a pass.
- Being clever and showing disguise in your play.
What to think about
- Turning is a vital part of football, so adequate time is needed to develop various turning skills.
- In a match, players may need to turn while dribbling or receiving a pass. Both of these techniques can be practised when opposed or unopposed.
- Ensure the attacker makes a movement away from the ball and then back to receive a pass.
- The passing player must provide information to the receiving player when making a pass.
- Make sure the attacker accelerates away after making a turn in order to take advantage of any space created.
Create a circle, 40 yards in diameter for the session and a 30 yards by 30 yards playing area for the development and game.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10-15 minutes||10 minutes||15 minutes||10 minutes||10-15 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Four players stand inside the circle and each receives a pass from one of four players outside the circle at a “gate”.
The players in the middle turn 90° to the right and run with the ball through the opposite “gate”.
They pass the ball to the centre where the waiting players copy the same exercise. Once the players return to their starting positions they complete the circuit again, but this time they turn to their left.
The players work in pairs in order to defend and then attack. You are a server in this practice.
The two attackers make runs to receive a pass from you and then look to turn, combine passing and score in one of the three mini goals.
Now include a goalkeeper and goal in place of the three mini goals. The same rules apply. However, this time the attackers look to score whilst the defenders aim to regain possession and pass to you in order to rotate the roles in the game.
What to call out
- “Show disguise on your turn.”
- “Accelerate into the space.”
- “Use either foot.”