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Here’s a session, divided into two parts, that benefits players in three core elements.
At the heart of this is possession, but keeping the ball is only really useful if players know what to do with it, and that’s where patience and penetration come into play.
This practice also allows players to rehearse passing, receiving, turning, screening, one-twos, running with the ball and overlaps.
How to play it
This is an ideal start for getting younger players using combinations without having to get the ball to a designated target. It really cements the basics of support play, with overloads helping to create confidence in maintaining possession (see the top picture).
- Set this up so attackers have a strong overload (I use 11v5 in a 30×15 yards area, but you can use a smaller area with a 9v4 or a 7v3).
- Both teams must try to win the ball and keep possession of it – they’ll do this by supporting and communicating well with team mates at all times.
- Play for five minutes, switching players so that all get to work with and against the overload.
Now, the objective for both teams is to pass the ball to either of the target players, who are positioned in five-yard channels at each end of the area. Moving in to a directional practice replicates match-like demands of retaining possession and finding an end target (see the middle and bottom pictures).
- In the example given, this is 6v6 in the middle, plus two floaters (F) who always play with the team in possession (to make 8v6).
- If a successful pass is made to a target player, he passes the ball back to the team previously in possession and the other end is attacked.
- If play is turned over, the other team can now use the floaters in an 8v6, and attempt to feed the ball to either target man.
- Play for five minutes.
Technique and tactics
- Look for the creation of space (wide and deep), as individuals and as a team.
- Pass selection is important, with the focus on accuracy, weight and timing of the release.
Filed under: Dave Clarke, Soccer Coaching, Soccer Fitness, Soccer News, Soccer Refereeing, Soccer Skills, Soccer Team Management, Soccer Training | Tags: dribbling, first touch, individual, keepy uppy, pre-season, receiving, running with the ball
I’ve had a bunch of letters this week from coaches and parents asking about individual training when their child is not getting enough from their club, or coaches who are facing a new season and want to give their players something they can do at home.
Individual training will often depend on the resources of the club – are there enough balls for every player to have one for instance. What I often do is get the parents to bring a ball to training so every player has their own ball. Of course not everyone remembers (or can be bothered) to bring a ball but I can cover those with the club balls.
Once you have them all with a ball then you can do individual skills like running and turning or throwing the ball in the air and controlling it with their first touch. I’m lucky at my club because the training area has a wall that I can get players to pass to and receive it back off the wall.
I set up a dribbling line of cones quite far apart so players can run at speed with the ball, then five yards from the wall I put a cone where players must stop, pass, receive back, turn and run back. you can set up a few of these and players can run constantly between the cones.
Add into the mix some individual keepy-uppys where individuals can try and keep the ball in the air with any part of their body except their hands. I’m sure a lot of coaches have their own ideas and I’d be interested to hear them.
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Watch this video clip that has some more ideas for individual training: