Three-part session teaching players to receive on the half-turn and break defensive lines. By DAVID PONCIA MORE
4v4 first touch game
Objective: To improve first touch.
Age group: U7 – U14
Set up: Mark out a short, wide pitch with big (about 10 yard wide) goals at either end and a centre line.
Divide your players into two teams of 3 or 4.
Each team defends a goal.
How to play:
The game starts with each team spread out in their half of the pitch.
The coach stands on the centre line and rolls a ball to one of the teams.
Their objective is to score a goal by shooting from within their own half.
- No goalies.
- Players must stay in their own half of the pitch at all times.
- Each player on the team must touch the ball at least once before a shot can be taken.
- The ball must not be allowed to stop – if it does, possession is passed to the other team.
Restrict players to three, two or one touch.
Ask them to shoot with their “wrong” foot!
Can they lay off a good ball into the path of the shooter?