EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Run games like Paul Pogba

This session centres on Paul Pogba running the game for his team and getting points for assists and for scoring goals – it’s a fast game, played at pace and will give your players a good test.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal. Use half your normal pitch with a goal at one end and a cone at the other. We used 11 players in the session.

How to do it

Split your players into a team of 5 and a team of 4 plus a target player and a goalkeeper. Nominate a Paul Pogba in the team of 5. Start with the team of 5 playing towards the target man. When the target man gets the ball he plays out to the team of 5 who now attack the other goal. The team of 4 attack the opposite goal/target man.

Technique

The number needs good passing with accuracy, pace and weight and awareness of where to pass; receivers must add good movement and all should have a good first touch.

Gain extra points with a strong midfield

    1. In the team of 5 choose one player to be Paul Pogba and he must be involved in every attacking move
    2. The team of 4 start by attacking the goal and get 5 points for every goal scored

Play like Pogba

    3. The team of 5 must win the ball and get it to the target player to score points
    4. Here Pogba makes a pass to the target player to get 5 points for scoring.

    5. Here Pogba creates a goal with a through ball and wins 10 points for his team
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