Getting and staying fit for the first part of the new season is vital to a successful coaching strategy. If your players are not fit enough to play the way you want it is a pointless beginning to your campaign. Here are 6 activities to help you. MORE
Divide players into equal teams, each team has a channel to work in.
One player from each team stands at the far end of the channel where a box is placed.
The first player in line runs down the channel to the box at the end and plays 10 quick passes with their team mate.
They then replace their team mate who sprints back to the team and tags the next player who repeats the drill.
The relay ends when all players have completed the skill and returned to their team.
Award each team points based on their position (3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd, for example).
Improve speed, control, technique and teamwork. Great entertainment and competitive fun.
Area: 30×4 yards with 4×4 yards box
Players: 8 or more
Equipment: Cones, balls
What To Call Out
“Count your passes out loud”
“Keep the ball under control”
“Tag your team mate when you get back”
Many different skills can be used instead of short passing. For example, volleys, headers, and even back heels.
One favourite is to put a tall cone 6 yards past the box and play Spinners. The players take turns to dribble out to the box where they stop the ball before running on to the cone.
They place one hand on the cone and one on their head and spin around the cone ten times, then attempt to dribble the ball back down the channel.
Spinners is great fun to play and watch. However, some children might not want to play it so remember (as always) not to force anyone to take part. This has never happened to me though.