Allow your players to develop confidence and technique in this three-part session. By HANNAH DUNCAN MORE
Four players – three attackers and one defender – start inside the playing area with four goalkeepers. Four servers stand between the goals, one at each corner.
The attackers play the ball between them and at any time can chip the ball to one of the servers.
The server then throws the ball to any of the attackers to volley at goal.
The defender tries to stop the pass and put pressure on the volleying player.
Goalkeepers should stay on their line to allow players to attack the ball without fear.
After a set time or number of goals rotate the players. The winning team is therefore the team that scores the most within the time limit, or reaches the scoring target fastest.
To improve volleying technique – half or full volleys.
Area: Octagon with a goal on four opposite sides
Equipment: Cones, balls, 4 goals
What To Call Out
“Who is in space?”
“Eyes on the ball”
Allow players to take a touch first before volleying. For example, chest then volley.
To make it more difficult you can balance the number of attackers and defenders in the middle or use only two servers who must use the proper throw-in technique to get the ball back in play.
Overhead volleys should be avoided at this age due to risk of poor technique and the possibility of injury to the neck and other bones.