EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Snatch!

Objective: to improve short passing skills, keeping possession, defending and intercepting passes.

Age group: U4 to U8.

Set up: create a 40 x 20-yard playing area with 10-yard wide end zones.

Divide your players into two teams. Each team has a ball and occupies an end zone.

Give players on both teams a number (1,2,3,4,5 etc).

How to play: both teams pass a ball to each other in sequence: 1 to 2 to 3 etc.

Call out a number. The players with that number run across to the opposite end zone and try to steal the ball or knock it out of the playing area. The first player to succeed wins a point for their team.

The first team to 10 points wins.

Coaching notes: When a number is called, the rest of the team do not have to pass in sequence any more.

Encourage your players to move to a new patch of grass immediately after passing. If you don’t, they will play statues!

Progress this game by calling out two numbers and/or restrict the number of touches the players in possession are allowed.

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