Fun game for younger ages to encourage teamwork, communication and technical skills. By ROB PORTER MORE
This uses all the elements of pre-season training: passing, communication, movement, control, and with the progression comes a tactical challenge. Players need to concentrate and react quickly, so it helps with general fitness too.
Set up 30×30-yard area split into two 15×30-yard zones. We’ve used 10 players plus the coach as a server.
Split your squad into two teams of five. Give a ball to one team and allow the other team to send two players into the opposition half to get it back. If they win it they can play it back to team-mates, but with two players in the wrong half they must react quickly or the team that lost it could chase it quicker. The game is one touch and continuous.
Progress the game by giving both teams a ball. The winner is the team that can capture the other team’s ball while keeping their own. In the progression, teams can send up to three players into the other half to win the ball, but that only leaves two players to look after their own ball. If it goes out of play a new ball is played into the opposite team.
In the progression of the game the emphasis is on fun, which is achieved using technique, tactics and communication.