EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Bend It Like Becks

The Rules

Play with or without keepers. Divide the players into 5v5, 6v6 or you can add floaters if teams differ in ability.

Players can move anywhere on the pitch including around the back of the small goals. However, goals can only be scored from the middle and defending thirds. This will force bending and lobbing techniques.

Keep score of any goals in either of the goals.

Objectives

Develops trick shots, swerving, lobs and chip shots.

Key Skills

Encourages players to create space with the ball, gives them time to get their heads up to see opportunities and try different shooting techniques. Not using keepers will give players more confidence to try and score over and around the obstacle.

Set Up

Area: 60×40 yards pitch
Players: 10 to 14 players
Equipment: Two goals at each end with two smaller goals 10yards in front of them. (Or poles, flags)

Pass-Run-Ground Covered-Dribble

Bend It Like Becks Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Goals can only be scored from the middle or defending third.

 

Bend It Like Becks Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 1

Develop by positioning keepers in the small
goals. One point for small goal, two for large.

 

Bend It Like Becks Drill for 12 to 15 Year Olds- part 3

Now position keepers at large goals and allow
players to score from the attacking third.

What To Call Out

“Head up”
“Try lob”

Development

  • Put keepers into the small goals. Allow one point for a goal scored in the small goal and two points for goals scored in the larger goal.
  • Position the keepers in front of large goals. Players can now score from the attacking third.

Hint

Use as an unopposed warm up game with more balls to practice.

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