I was talking to a coach this week about how to control balls in the air, especially when heading the ball in training is off the menu for most clubs. I imagine that there will be much more of a contest to win the ball with a volley once it has dropped from head height. So how do you coach controlling balls in the air? MORE
Straight from the Fulham Academy training ground, this arrival activity will help develop your team’s ability to use both feet and to pass accurately.
Why use it
This is a great warm up to get your players passing the ball and working in sequences and passing patterns. Using a circle is a good way to get younger players passing with both feet and more advanced players linking and thinking ahead.
Use the centre circle of an adult pitch or create a circle 20 yards in diameter. We’ve used 10 players.
How to play
Players work in pairs with the working pair in the middle of the circle. Change pairs every 45 to 60 seconds. Play starts with a pass from a player on the outside – the pass combination is as shown in diagram 1, with the final pass being made for a new player from outside to restart the passing combinations.
Progress it by getting the player making the first pass to overlap the player to the left or right before starting a passing combination with the working pair. You can vary the passing pattern with the players in the middle of circle.
Things to look out for and correct are receiving skills and body shape; also get players to work on the weight and accuracy of their passing and to use both feet.
- 1. The game starts with a pass from an outside player to one of the pair of players in the centre
- 2. After a sequence of passes, the outside player returns to his place and the ball is passed to another outside player
- 3. The working pair turn and move towards to the outside player who now has the ball and the passing sequence starts again
- 4. Once the sequence has been completed, the outside player who receives the final ball starts the sequence again
- 5. Every 45 to 60 seconds the pair in the centre should be changed to another pair