EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Over the Border

The Rules

The teams start in opposite countries (end zones) with each player, numbered from 1 to 6, passing in order (1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and so on).

At any point the coach can shout out a number and the player with that number must sprint across the border and try to steal the opponent’s ball. Both players go across at the same time.

The remaining players do not have to pass in sequence but must retain possession.

The first player to win the ball or knock it out of the opponent’s country wins a point and both players return home to restart the sequence.

Ensure that all numbers are called but don’t be predictable. The same number could go twice in a row.

The first team to ten points wins.

Main Objectives

Short passing, receiving passes, quick play, closing down, defending, intercepting passes.

Set Up

Area: 50×25 yard area with 10 yard end zones
Players: 12, 2 teams of 6
Equipment: 2 balls

Over the Border drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

The players sprint across the border.

 

Over the Border drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 2

The first player to win the ball scores a point.

 

Over the Border drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 3

Both players return to their country.

 

What To Call Out

“Accurate passing”
“Support your team mates”
“Have a good first touch”

Progression

Call two numbers at a time to practice defending in pairs.

Alternatively, put restrictions on the number of touches allowed for the passing players.

Hint

If one team dominates the other then restrict the number of touches allowed for just that team or swap personnel between the teams.

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