Getting back into the swing of training every week can be hard work. Certainly for me when faced with a dozen U9 players training last night was very stop/start as players got their legs working again and tried to pass and receive. MORE
In pairs, players from 3 of the teams stand on either side of the channel and on the coach’s call play one touch passing back and forth. This represents the laser to shoot down invaders.
One of the teams – the invaders – has to dribble through the channel, one player per zone at a time avoiding having their ball hit by the lasers.
If an invader’s ball is hit by a laser, they have been destroyed and leave the channel in that zone.
The invaders must aim to reach the safety zone at the end of the channel. The team with the most invaders reaching the safety zone wins.
If neither team reaches the safety zone, the team that progress the farthest along the channel wins.
Dribbling and close control, passing accuracy and pace, one-touch passing.
Area: 30×10 yard area with cones 5 yards apart along the length
Players: 16, 4 teams of 4
Equipment: 10 balls
What To Call Out
“Passers must play one touch”
“Don’t hide your ball between your legs”
Introduce timing, so the quickest team to reach the safety zone wins or stipulate a maximum amount of time.
Alternatively, allow the passers an extra touch so that they can be more accurate when firing the laser.
Keep an eye out for cheating in this one, if an invader’s ball is touched, they’re out. Make sure the passers are only using one touch to begin with.