This session contains a variety of exercises. Players of this age tend to have very short attention spans so the session is deliberately kept fast moving. The players get to practice a variety of skills in a fun enviroment without spending too much time on any one activity. 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 toe Tap.
WARM UP – 8 minutes
Varied Ball Skills And Turns.
The players move around in a small area practicing different turns. Stop every so often and have the players perform a few dynamic movements. At this age these are more about coordination than injury prevention but it is useful to develop the habit of dynamic stretching.
PART 1 – 7 minutes
These fun races allow players to improve their agility and speed reaction. Players of this age have an ability to improve their agility and coordination rapidly so it is important to expose them to practices that help develop these qualities.
PART 2 – 8 minutes
Passing and receiving
- As below
- Be bouncy on the balls of your feet to receive.
- Technique of the side foot foot pass – toe up a little.
PART 3 – 12 minutes
Unopposed shooting practice
- Use 2 goals simultaneously to allow for more repetitions
- Toe down and try to strike with the laces
PART 4- 12 minutes
2 vs 1 to goal
- As above
- Is it best to go straight to goal or to pass the ball to your teammate?
Part 5 – 5 Minutes
Skill of the week
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 Turns practiced in the warm up
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
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