Ask Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante how young players can learn from him and play like him and he will tell you: “They need to love the game. I loved it so much I played all the time. I played before school, at school, after school, then I’d go to my club and train or play a... MORE
Start by playing a 6v4 in one half with the two remaining players (accomplices) from team playing four (red) waiting in the other half. The aim is for the team with six players (white) to keep possession as long as possible.
The opposing team with four players (red) attempts to win control rather than just knock the ball out. As soon as they win control they look to play the ball between the poles (prison bars) towards their two ‘accomplices’.
Once the ball is received by the accomplices, their remaining four team mates ‘escape’ into the same half. Four of the guards (white team) follow and the situation reverses. The ball must remain on the ground at all times.
A point is scored for every successful breakout.
Possession play and counter attack.
Anticipation, patience, interception, movement and quick, accurate passing.
Area: 40 X 40 yards pitch with a halfway line marked with poles
Equipment: Poles or flags, balls
What To Call Out
- One of the four can run the ball through the bars if possible. You can also limit the number of touches to two or three to help the four defenders close down the team in possession.
- Play even numbers in one half and 1v1 in the other. After a set amount of passes, e.g. three, the team in possession can pass through the bars. The team should run through the bars and move as quickly as possible to support.
- Teams score a point each time they pass through the bars. First to score six points wins.
Use smaller of bigger gaps between the bars in order to change the difficulty.