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Changing course – warm-up

WHY USE IT

This warm-up gives players the opportunity to get lots of touches.

SET UP

Set up a playing area relative to the age and ability of your players, with a number of gates set out. Each player needs a ball.

HOW TO PLAY

Players dribble around and get points by dribbling through gates. They can’t score through the same gate twice in a row. If the coach shouts “change”, they swap balls with another player. You can challenge players to only use their less-comfortable foot, or use all parts of the foot except for the instep. This encourages small touches and creativity.

Progression 1: When dribbling through a gate, practice a skill to change direction.

Progression 2: Dribble through a gate, add a skill if desired and change pace.

COACHING POINTS

Dribbling: small touches, keeping ball under tight control and using all areas of the foot.

Scanning: awareness of space, location of the gates and available teammates when changing balls.

Communication: both verbal and non-verbal, for quick change of balls.

Passing and receiving: use both feet, while considering weight and direction of passes. Receive with an open body to efficiently resume dribbling into space.

1. Each player has a ball and dribbles, looking to travel through different gates

2. Coaches shout ‘change’, meaning players must swap their ball with another player

3. Progress so that players must change direction and/or speed after travelling through a gate

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