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COPA AMERICA Pass to the open player

WHY USE IT

davidscwnewWhen you see teams like Argentina moving quickly up the pitch the creative players in the final third need to have the ability to play the ball in the air not just on the ground. This gets players to use all surfaces of the body to pass the ball.

 

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SET UP

You need balls and cones. In this session you need four players in an area 10 x 10 yards.

HOW TO PLAY

Start the session with three of the players. One player throws to a player who has one touch to get it to the third player who catches. The third player throw to the next player who has one touch to pass on. Players must use different surfaces of the body – head, chest, thigh, inside of foot, outside of foot and if they are clever they can use the heel or the side of the shin. So each time you want to see something different. Then add a defender and do the same thing. Switch defender every three goes with one of the passers which keeps the defender fresh. Finally, play the same thing on the ground with players using little chips and dinks to pass the ball and keep it off the defender. Again switch the defender every three goes.

TECHNIQUE

Controlling a ball in the air with all areas of the body is important for creativity in the final third where passing with clever chips and clever flicks will create goal scoring chances.

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