Possession for possessions sake is pointless except perhaps for the last few minutes of a game where a team is trying to run the clock down. The objective of a game of soccer is to score goals and win the game. To do so a team will need to use progressive possession – it will need to pass the ball forward at every opportunity. This should not be taken to mean that the ball is forced forward with few thoughts of retention but rather that whenever practical the forward pass should be sought out.
DEVELOPING FIRST TOUCH AS THE MEANS TO AN END
To continually meet the demands of the modern game, players have to think quicker, run faster, and be technically more proficient. Although one can acknowledge the virtues of great dribblers and/or goal scorers, the core of soccer essentially relies on the ability of all players in the team to be able to pass and receive the ball.
Analysis has shown that teams who are superior in keeping possession of the ball win the majority of matches.
Running with the ball – skill of the week the Ronaldo chop.
This session is aimed primarily at players aged 7 – 11 although the exercises could certainly be tweaked a little and used for older players and the session would work for many U7 groups. The main focus is on running with ball, but the session allows a number of skills to be practiced including passing, shooting, 1 vs 1 and 2 vs 1 to goal.
It is often said that if your first touch is poor then your second touch will be a tackle! Great players have a great first touch. In this practice, and the 4 that accompany it, the objective is to help players develop their first touch in a number of ways using a variety of body parts.
PART 1 THE WARM UP:
OBJECTIVE: To help develop ball familiarity combined with dynamic and static stretching
Players move around random area approximately 30×30.
PASSING AND RECEIVING: Practices for players aged 9-13.
Passing and receiving are essential skills. Tricks and moves are important and can be dazzling but the bedrock of any successful soccer team or player is passing and receiving. This session works to help build those skills.
PART 1 WARM UP: THE FIRST TOUCH
OBJECTIVE: To improve the ability to use all parts of both feet to control and pass the ball
Players in pairs about 8 yards apart stand behind a marker
One acts as server the other is the receiver
The serving player passes centrally for the receiving player to take a touch to the side of either marker and pass back
Players should respond to coaches commands
Players should try to complete control and passes in 2 touches where possible
Players should use both feet where applicable
Receive with INSIDE pass with INSIDE
Receive with INSIDE pass with OUTSIDE
Receive OUTSIDE pass with INSIDE
Receive OUTSIDE pass with OUTSIDE
Players make their own decisions
On coaches command to change,