INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Traps the way to do it

Being able to control, or “trap” the ball instantly gives your players time to perform comfortably under pressure and in tight situations.

What this session is about

  1. Bringing the ball under instant control, giving time to perform the next skill efficiently.
  2. Using “cushion” control
  3. Having a good first touch.
  4. Creating space.

What to think about

  • General – Withdraw the controlling surface on impact, and control the ball to the side, away from pressure. •
  • Sidefoot – Use the inside of the foot at right angles to ball.
  • Laces – Raise the foot, use the laces, bend the knee and ankle on contact.
  • Thigh – Use the fleshy part and not the knee.
  • Chest – Arch the back and bend knees.

Set-up

Use one ball between two players.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split the squad into pairs to learn the basic control techniques. Stand pairs three to five yards apart.

  1. Sidefoot control – Begin with passing the ball back and forth, using one touch to control and one to pass.
  2. Laces – The server throws the ball gently underarm from about waist height. The receiver, with their foot just above the ground, controls it with the laces. Make sure players use both feet.
  3. Thigh – The server throws the ball gently underarm to between chest and waist height.
  4. Chest – The server throws the ball underarm at chest height. The receiver controls the ball with their chest then catches it.
Two players pass the ball to each other, using one touch to control and one to pass back.

Two players pass the ball to each other, using one touch to control and one to pass back.


Development

The receiver stands in a small area, about two yards square. The server throws the ball to the receiver at different heights. After each delivery, he runs in to add pressure so the controller has to be accurate to avoid losing the ball. Develop by adding a player either side of the controller who receives a pass once the ball is controlled.

A server varies which height to deliver the ball. The receiver controls it within a two-yard square and passes to a team mate.

A server varies which height to deliver the ball. The receiver controls it within a two-yard square and passes to a team mate.


Game situation

Play a five-a-side game in an area about 30 yards by 20 yards. However, throw-ins must begin with chest, thigh or laces control before the receiver passes to a team mate.

Award points for every successful chest/thigh/ laces control and pass, and also for goals. The team with most points after 15 minutes wins.

In a small-sided game, throw-ins must be controlled and passed using the methods learned in the sessions above.

In a small-sided game, throw-ins must be controlled and passed using the methods learned in the sessions above.


What to call out

  • “Good service is important”
  • “Move into the ball’s line of flight”
  • “Use a ‘soft’ touch to control the ball – keep foot/thigh/chest relaxed”
  • “Turn the chest into a platform”
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