EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Bodyguards

The Rules

Split the area into 3 equal sized zones with a VIP (goalkeeper) and two bodyguards (defenders) in each zone. Place 4 balls beside each goal.

Bodyguards must stay in their zone and protect their VIP, who in turn must protect their goal.

Each team has one assassin who attempts to score points by beating the VIP to score a goal.

The assassin must be inside the opponent’s zone to score in their goal creating 2v1 or 1v1 situations (2 assassins can go for the same VIP).

Each assassin has 4 shots and must return to their own goal to reload and collect a new ball after each shot.

Main Objectives

Shooting, defending, goalkeeping.

Set Up

Area: 30x30x30 yard triangle
Players: 12, 3 teams of 4
Equipment: 12 balls, 3 mini goals (or 6 poles if no goals available)

Bodyguards drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

The bodyguards set up to protect their VIP.

 

Bodyguards drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 2

The assassins break out to attack the VIPs.

 

Bodyguards drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 3

Assassins must return to their base to reload.

 

What To Call Out

“Shoot on sight” – to the assassins
“React to ricochets” – loose balls
“Don’t dive in” – to the bodyguards

Progression

If bodyguards win possession they can counter attack and gain extra points.

Open up the game to a freeplay situation. No-one is restricted to an area and anyone can score or defend. This will test decision making (rash attack or cautious defending?).

Hint

Rotate roles of players after each set of 4 shots. The winning team is the team who scores the highest from 16 balls.

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