in Warm Ups
This three-part practice develops players' ability to receive the ball ready to shoot. By STEVE OAKES MORE
This warm-up practice presents plenty of opportunities for players to learn to identify space and work on technical details around passing and receiving.
Divide 15 players into 3 teams of 5 (or however works for your numbers). Each team needs their own ball.
Each team begins with their own ball, passing and moving around the area. The practice can then be progressed to give every player in one team a ball each, and they dribble around the area looking for space, while the other two teams continue to pass their respective footballs between themselves. After a period of time, change the dribbling team.
This practice allows players to work on trying to receive the ball in space away from other players, taking a good first touch in the direction they want to go, making the pitch as big as possible, identifying areas of space to exploit, communication and decision- making skills.