EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Turn them inside out

Learning to turn with the ball is a key skill your players need to develop because it will help them get away from defenders or open up attacking avenues.

What this session is about

  1. Losing a marker.
  2. Creating space.
  3. Changing the direction of play.

What to think about

Players in possession of the ball, who want to escape from pressing opponents, need to:

  • Use disguise to trick the defender.
  • Try a variety of turns – ie. hook, stepover, Cruyff turn, stop, drag back – with each foot.
  • Change direction quickly.
  • Accelerate away.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up a 10-yard square with a flag/pole in the middle. Between each corner and the centre, arrange three cones in a zigzag formation that allows a direct route to the flag/pole.

Use four players. Each starts at a corner with a ball. They all dribble their ball to the flag/pole in a straight line or around each one – it’s up to you!

When they reach the centre, they perform a turn and return to their corner, where they perform another turn to finish.

Get players to practise one turning technique for two minutes before moving on to a different technique.

To progress, players dribble to the middle, perform a turn then dribble towards the corner to their right, perform another turn, head back to centre and repeat.

A player at each corner dribbles through the cones, or in a straight line, to the flag. He then performs a turn and returns.

A player at each corner dribbles through the cones, or in a straight line, to the flag. He then performs a turn and returns.


Development

Place two cones five yards apart, with one ball between two players in the centre, as shown in the middle picture.

Using a combination of turns and fakes to outsmart their opponent, player 1 has to reach either cone and stop the ball beside it with the sole of the foot before player 2 can reach that cone and touch it with either foot.

If successful, player 1 scores a point. Play for one minute before players switch roles. The player with most points wins.

Players should play against different opponents to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

The player with the ball tries to turn and get away from his marker and reach the cone first.

The player with the ball tries to turn and get away from his marker and reach the cone first.


Game situation

Mark out a small pitch with a cone goal on each side, as shown in the bottom picture.

Play 2v2, with one team attacking the goals across the width of the pitch and the other attacking the goals down the length of the pitch.

After each goal, teams switch roles to attack the other pair of goals.

Encourage players to make plenty of turns to outwit opponents. The team that scores most goals wins.

In a 2v2, teams attack goals across the width then the length. Turns are crucial to succeeding.

In a 2v2, teams attack goals across the width then the length. Turns are crucial to succeeding.


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