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Three-part session teaching players to receive on the half-turn and break defensive lines. By DAVID PONCIA MORE
A warm-up that will teach your players practise dribbling the ball with two feet and help them to learn how to change direction quickly
The difficulty level increases with the speed at which the player tries to dribble because they have to use both feet. The initial pass and receive is done at pace so the first touch is also key.
For this warm-up you will need to use an area of 10×10 yards and create a ‘staircase’ of one-yard cones either side of a central point. We’ve used three players and you will also need ball and cones.
Players stand in a line opposite the coach at a distance of 10 yards. The coach plays a crisp pass to the first player in the line. He returns the ball with his first touch and then follows his pass to receive a return ball back from the coach at the bottom of the staircase.
On the coach’s direction the player either goes to the right or to the left. Running up the staircase the player makes repeated one-twos from the right foot to the left foot while working up the stairs.
The player then quickly dribbles to the back of the queue. The coach then starts the routine again with the next player in the line.
This type of two footed ball control is how players like Lionel Messi are able to control the ball so they can change direction and slalom through opposing players at will. Speed is vital once players get familiar with the technique.