If you want your players to beat defenders with style, run this session. Getting young players to dribble and beat their opponent in 1v1 situations is vital to getting behind the opposition defence and creating goalscoring chances. MORE
Three team triangle games
This training session is designed to encourage your players to play with the freedom that they might have in a school playground where they are in control of the environment.
What this session is about
1. Competing against two other teams simultaneously.
2. Being alert and ready for the next challenge or opportunity.
What to think about
- This practice initially focuses on individual skills such as dribbling, shooting and 1v1 attack and defend. Look for good technique throughout and point out any technical errors to your players as you proceed. Do they have the ball under control? Are they shooting low and hard, placing the ball, or just blasting it at the goalkeeper.
- Then the session is progressed to a team game where these skills are to be applied to a team environment if the team is to be successful. Can your players exploit the spaces? Is their movement good?
- Arrange your players into groups of three with one nominated goalkeeper per team.
- The goalkeeper can be rotated so that everyone has a turn at attacking.
- Let the players set out the pitch as in the diagrams – it’s their playground!
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10-15 minutes||10 minutes||15-20 minutes||10 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
- The practice starts with one player from each team attacking the goal to their left.
- They must dribble and shoot to score past the goalkeeper.
- Ensure that they use good technique and that they play at match intensity.
- Now each team introduces a defender.
- The players again take it in turn to attack the goal to their left, but this time they must beat a defender on the way.
- Look at their decision-making. What skills do they use to beat the defender?
Now all the outfield players play simultaneously with one ball – a 2 v 2 v 2 game! Each team starts with 10 lives and they lose a life each time they concede a goal. Again, look for good decision-making. How do the outfield players organise themselves and how do they respond to winning or losing possession?
What to call out
- “Be direct”
- “Learn from your mistakes”