EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Long and Short of It

The Rules

Divide your players into two teams of four. One team can score in the goals at either ends of the field, the other team in the goals at either side.

The team playing lengthways can use an extra player making it a 5v4.

You can play with keepers, depending on the number of players you have. If you are using keepers, after they  make a save they serve the ball out to their own side.All other rules are the same as they are in a normal game of football.

Switch teams around after five goals have been scored.

Objectives

Improves players’ ability to make quick decisions on play and enhances awareness and judgement on space and distance.

Key Skills

Support play angles and distances. Reaction to lost and
regained session. Awareness of space and team mates.

Set Up

Area: 60×30 yards pitch with four goals at each side
Players: 9 plus 4 optional goalkeepers
Equipment: Four goals, cones or balls

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Long and Short of It drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

After a shot the keeper plays the ball out to the opposition.

 

Long and Short of It drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 2

Encourage players to take on the opposition and dribble the ball.

 

Long and Short of It drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

All players of the team in possession must touch the ball at least once before scoring.

What To Call Out

“React”
“Look”

Development

● Play one of the teams on either one or two touches only.Opponents must then beat at least one player before passing or shooting.
● All players of the team in possession must touch the ball at least once before attempting to score.
● Make teams even to become a 5v5 situation.

 

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