EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Don’t Feed the Monkeys

The Rules

2 monkeys are placed inside the monkey cage (inner circle) and are guarded by 4 zoo keepers who start in the zoo itself (outer circle). 6 visitors start on the cones forming the perimeter of the zoo with a ball each.

The visitors must try to feed the monkeys by passing a ball to them.

The monkey must be able to control the pass and return it to the visitor for a point to count. The zoo keepers must try to stop the monkeys being fed by intercepting passes with their feet or head.

The monkeys cannot leave their cage, while the zoo keepers and visitors cannot enter the cage or leave the zoo itself.

Visitors can interchange balls in order to keep the defenders guessing and change the point of attack.

Play for 2 or 3 minutes and record the scores. The winners can be the visitors with most points scored or the zoo keepers with the least points scored against them, or both.

Main Objectives

Accuracy and weight of passing, control, first touch, anticipating and intercepting passes.

Set Up

Area: 10 yard radius outer circle with 3 yard radius inner circle
Players: 12
Equipment: 12 cones, 12 balls

Don't Feed the Monkeys drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

Zoo keepers don’t like it when you feed the monkeys.

 

Don't Feed the Monkeys drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 2

Try to stop the visitors by blocking their passes.

 

Don't Feed the Monkeys drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 3

Monkeys receive a pass and return it to get fed.

 

What To Call Out

“Excellent pass”
“Get the monkey’s attention”
“Well defended”

Progression

Insist on chipped passes that the monkeys can catch or control with their chest or head.

Hint

Ensure that players are fully rotated so they have a turn as the monkeys, zoo keepers and the visitors.

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