This fun three-part session develops players’ 1v1 skills and increases confidence on the ball. By JOE KIRKLAND MORE
Alligators in the swamp
WHY USE IT
Perfect for pre-season, this session helps players brush up on their passing, their runs off the ball, dribbling and close range finishing.
Set up an area of 50×30 yards with five-yard end zones filled with cones. Goals are a further five yards outside the area. We have used 10 players plus keepers and a coach as server. If you have odd numbers, use a floater inside the main area. You need cones, balls, bibs and two goals.
HOW TO PLAY
Inside the main area teams try to keep possession until they see the opportunity to dribble through the swamp at either end. If they get through the swamp without hitting a cone (alligator) they can score in the goal by passing the ball in with accuracy but not power. If they hit an alligator the attack stops and possession is given to the other team. If they score they keep possession and must attack the opposite end. Once an attacker has entered the swamp, no one else can go in until he has shot.
Good technique should be praised as there are a lot of decisions to make when taking a run through the cones. Finishing is important here, after the hard work of getting through the cones.