This session contains a variety of exercises. Some of you may have less time for your session so just remove the drill of your choice. We have included tag, shooting, passing and 1 vs 1 activities. The skill of the week which the players should practice at home is the Maradona turn.
Warm up – 8 minutes
Skills around colored cones
Intersperse this with various dynamic movements
Agility 7 minutes
Passing – 10 Minutes
Passing around a square
Make the sides of the square short enough so that the players can easily make the pass.
Encourage the players to pass as a accurately as possible
Although very difficult for young ages can they try to control in the direction that they wish to go.
Shooting, with aerial control and agility – 10 minutes
Eye on the ball for aerial control
Skills to beat the coach
Vary the movements back through the cones and look for controlled rather than rushed movements.
1 vs 1 with Transition – 10 Minutes
Encourage the players to try new tricks
Accelerate away after beating your opponent
Skill of the week – 5 minutes
Play 4 vs 4 with small goals and no goalkeepers. Play 3 vs 3 if you have less numbers. If you have a larger group set 2 small games up. Smaller games give the players many more touches of the ball and result in more dribbles, shots and goals.
We would avoid and corners or throw ins. Instead the coach should have a supply of balls ready and play one in whenever the ball goes out. There are numerous good reasons for this:
The ball will be in play more of the time
The coach can choose to play the ball to a player in space and explain what they are doing. This will encourage the players to move to space and make for a better quality game.
It allows the coach to give some ball possession and touches to some of the players who may not be getting many touches of the ball
Practice the Maradona turn
The juggling progression:
1/ Drop the ball let it bounce kick it and catch it. When you can do 10 with each foot move on.
2/ Drop the ball, kick it up before it hits the ground and catch it. When you can do 10 with each foot move on.
3/ Drop the ball juggle twice before it hits the ground and catch it. When you can do 10 with each foot move on.
4/ Progress to normal dribbling