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The three pillars of attack

Dribbling, passing and receiving the ball are three vital skills needed to launch attacks and subsequently score goals.

This simple drill helps reinforce these basic techniques.

What this session is about

  1. Short passing.
  2. Receiving the ball.
  3. Improving dribbling skills and close control.

What to think about

  • Passing – belly button facing target; non-kicking foot alongside ball; sidefoot through horizontal mid-line; weight; accuracy; follow through.
  • Dribbling – keep ball within playing distance; use inside/outside of both feet; quick, small steps; head up.
  • Receiving – in line with ball; cushion ball on impact to the side, but not too far.

 

Set-up

  • Use an area 10 yards by 15 yards with four cones placed at the half way point of each of the four sides. Use two sets of slalom dribble courses made up of four cones each on the longer sides starting from diagonally opposite corners, but only stretching to the half way line.
  • 8-12 players.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10-15 minutes10 minutes15-20 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Put one player at each of the mid-point cones on the 10-yard lines. Split the remaining players into two groups at diagonally opposite corners.

The first player in each group dribbles through the slalom cones. They then pass the ball back to the player at the centre of the 10-yard line.

After passing, they run to the central position they just passed to. The player on the 10-yard line passes the ball to the next player in line to dribble through the slalom course, and joins the back of the line. Make sure players use both feet to pass and dribble and that the ball is constantly moving.

Player 1 dribbles through the cones, passes to player 2 and takes his place. Player 2 passes to the next dribbler and joins the queue.

Player 1 dribbles through the cones, passes to player 2 and takes his place. Player 2 passes to the next dribbler and joins the queue.


Development

Add an extra player at the opposite end of the two 15-yard lines to the slalom course. The drill starts as before, but this time the player on the 10-yard line passes diagonally the length of the playing area to the new player, and then follows the pass.

The new player passes to the next player in line, who will dribble through the slalom course. The new player joins the queue. The drill continues.

Player 1 passes to 2 and replaces him. Player 2 passes to 3 and takes his place. Player 3 passes to the next dribbler and joins the queue.

Player 1 passes to 2 and replaces him. Player 2 passes to 3 and takes his place. Player 3 passes to the next dribbler and joins the queue.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in an area 20 yards by 35 yards with two five-yard end zones. Teams score points by either dribbling into the end zone or by passing to a team mate who has entered the end zone.

A maximum of one player from each team is allowed in either end zone, and then only for five seconds. If a team successfully reaches one end zone, it must attack the opposite end zone, starting with a “free” pass. The first team to reach their opponents’ end zone five times wins.

Play 4v4, each team tries to dribble or pass into its opponents’ end zone. If successful, teams target the opposite end zone.

Play 4v4, each team tries to dribble or pass into its opponents’ end zone. If successful, teams target the opposite end zone.


What to call out

  • “Keep the ball moving”
  • “Keep the ball close”
  • “Keep your head up”
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