PRE- ACADEMY SPRING SESSION 2

WARM UP - PARTNER REACTIONS - (5 MINS)

Overview:

Mark out a start line and a finish line with cones 5 – 10 yards apart. Also place a cone 1 yard behind the start line. Each player has a bib in the back of their shorts working with a partner.

One player starts on the start line and their partner behind.

The player in front starts with their hands on their head and have to get to the finish line without their bib being took out by their partner.

BALL MASTERY - WASPS NEST (10 MINS)

U5s & U6s Regression - Give all the players a ball on the outside rather than passing and receiving.

Overview:

Setup an area with a circle(nest) in the middle. Inside the circle in the middle are defenders (wasps) without the ball who have to one at a time come out of the circle to try and win the ball back. The players on the outside, have to keep their ball in play and retain possession. If the defenders win the ball, they have to return it back into the circle to gain a point and the round begins again with another ball being played out and a new defender coming out to try and win the ball.

Coaching Points:

Eyes Up/Scanning: The attackers in the area that are keeping possession must continually look to check their shoulders and keep their eyes up throughout the game. Players that are able to do this well will be able to make good decisions of where and what type of passes to play to help the team retain possession.

Use of Both Feet: The use of both feet during this possession game will allow players to be able to make quicker decisions to help the team keep possession of the ball as well as being able to open their body up to allow them to see players on the other side of the square. Encourage players to use both feet throughout the game to ensure they continue to have an open body before receiving the ball.

Open Body: Before players receive the ball, they should be encouraged to have an open body to be able to see the person they are looking to receive from but also the person that they’re playing too and the defender. An open body in the game will allow players to make better decisions before, during and after they’ve received and passed the ball.

Passing: Players should look to be accurate with their passes by exploring different types of passes, speeds and surfaces to help them keep the ball during this game. Due to having a larger space, players may now need to play longer passes to help them to switch play to help their team keep possession of the ball.

Progressions:

  • The coach can now call the number of players that can come out and defend at one time or add a scoring system for the number of passes that they need to make before they can score.

CONDITIONED GAME - BINGO (30 Mins)

Overview:

Setup a small pitch and split it into two halves with a goal either side and as well as two teams. Have a whiteboard in the middle of the pitch with different types of finishes on it such as: headers, volleys, half volleys, power, curled, one touch, sweaty etc. Each team has to try and complete the board in the small sided game by finishing with the different type of finishes that are on the board. The first team to complete the board with all the types of finishes wins the game.

Coaching Points:

Eyes Up: Players should be looking to recognise both where the defender(s) are as well as the goalkeeper and trying to create space for them to get their shots off. Players that keep their eyes up will be able to recognise when is the right time to shoot and they should be encouraged to shoot quickly and not hesitate before taking their shot.

Use of Both Feet: Players should be encouraged to shoot on both feet to ensure they don’t lose their opportunity to get a shot at goal. Players that hesitate when an opportunity arises because they don’t feel as comfortable on a particular foot will find it more difficult to get shots away in this game. Constraints can be used to help players use both feet throughout the game to build their confidence.

Ball Striking Surfaces: Players should explore different surfaces but also different ways to finish in this game. To support this, get players to select the different types of finishes that they want to try on the bingo board. This ownership will help players to explore these different ways of finishing in a creative manner.

Decision Making: Throughout the game players should be identifying when is the right time to pass, dribble or to shoot based on the situation that they’re in. Encourage players to find their team-mate in space who may be in a better position to score for the team.

Progressions:

  • Individual players have to complete the board and it’s the first individual to use all the different techniques to score that wins.

Regression:

  • Rather than a team completing the whole board to win the game, the team has to only get three in a row to win.

FREE PLAY GAME - (10 MINS)

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