Drill your defenders to cover each other while one of them deals with an incoming long ball that threatens your goal. Soon they’ll be experts at last-ditch defending. MORE
Difficulty rating ☆☆★★★
Good warm-up to get players touching and turning with the ball. Pretty simple stuff but all the best dribblers in the world practise like this.
This is great for first touch and getting used to the conditions of the pitch on match days – fast/slow pitch, speed of pass, slippy or bouncy.
Set up an area 10×10 yards you need balls, bibs and cones. We used nine players in the session.
How to play it
Players stand in a circle with one ball. The player with the ball can pass to any other player in the circle. The two players either side of the receiver take two paces forwards (they ‘show’ to the receiver). One of them receives the ball and passes to the other who passes to another player in the circle and the sequence continues. Once players get the idea introduce another ball and see if they can cope with the constant movement.
Look for good weight and accuracy of the pass, good supporting angles and good first touch.
- 1. Players form a circle and one player has the ball and passes to another player in the group
- 2. The players either side of the receiver take two paces forwards to ‘show’ themselves to the receiver
- 3. The receiver passes to one of the two players who then passes to the other player
- 4. Now the second player picks out another member of the team and passes to him
- 5. The sequence continues with the players either side moving forwards