Work on your team’s ability to start attacks from the goalkeeper with this practice. By PETE AUGUSTINE MORE
Three Ways to Win
Objective: to improve dribbling skills, ball control and shooting.
Age group: U8 upwards.
Set up: set up a 30×20 yard playing area with a small goal at each end.
Place two gates (use flat cones placed about two yards apart) on each side of the playing area and a foot or two in from the sidelines.
Divide your players into teams of four. No goalkeepers.
How to play:
Points are scored in three ways:
1. by passing the ball through a gate to a team-mate;
2. by making a set number of passes or
3. by scoring a goal.
It’s important to let young players achieve success so adjust the number of passes required to score a point according to the age and skill of your players.
With young players, I suggest you start with two or three passes and gradually increase the number.
If you want to encourage keeping possession give more points for keeping the ball for a set number of passes.
But always give the most points for scoring a goal. That’s what soccer is all about!