PRE- ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION 1

WARM UP - DRIBBLE GET OUT - (15 MINS)

Overview:

Setup a square with a player with a ball each inside the area. Organise a larger square to be based around the outside of the middle square with large cones. In this game, players must travel with the ball around the middle square. When the coach blows their whistle, the players must take their ball and dribble around one of the outside cones before returning into the square. The first player to do so, wins!

Coaching Points:

Dribbling: Players should try to use different surfaces of both feet as they travel through the box in the middle. Once players hear the coaches whistle, they may look to take larger touches to get them around one of the outside cones and back as quickly as they can.

Awareness: As players travel around the middle box, they should look to keep their eyes up and look for spaces to dribble into. Players should also look to keep scanning throughout the game to help them to see which cones they will travel around. Players will also need to adjust how they travel with the ball if other players move in their way.

Speed: Players when dribbling the ball should look to take quick, short sharp touches as they travel around the area using both feet. As soon as coaches hear the whistle, players should look to react quickly and try to move around one of the outside cones as fast as they can. To help them with this, they may look to take larger touches when travelling with the ball to get it out of their feet.

Warm Up: As players will get lots of touches of the ball, they will be also increasing their heart rate and body temperature. If players are cold or less active, the whistle from the coach can increase intensity of the practice.

Progression:

  • Players must get around two cones.

Regression:

  • Players leave their football in the box, and must get around a cone and return to their ball.

BALL MASTERY - MUSICAL CHAIRS (10 MINS)

Overview:

Setup a square with cones inside the area and players with a ball around the outside of the square. Players have to travel with their ball around the outside of the square, either when the music stops or on the whistle; players have to quickly travel with their ball and stop it on a cone. The last player to a cone is then out of the game. After each round take away a cone and play until there is one player left.

Coaching Points:

Eyes Up: As players travel with the ball around the area, they should be encouraged to keep their eyes up to see the space in front of them as well as where the cones are in the middle of the square. On the whistle players should keep their eyes up to help them get to the cone quickly.

Use of Both Feet: Encourage players to use both feet as they’re travelling around the outside of the area

Surfaces of the Feet: Using different surfaces of the feet such as: laces, outside, inside and sole will help the players explore different ways of manipulating the ball as well as dribbling into the space too. When dribbling, players should try to keep the ball close to their body to allow them to change direction and speed quickly if needed.

Coaching Interventions: Talk through the players how to use change of speed and potentially change of direction.

Progressions:

  • Once a player is out of the game, they become a defender in the middle and have to try and win the ball and dribble it out of the square for oncoming players. Each round is played until all, but one player is on a cone.

SHOOTING BINGO - (10 MINS)

Overview:

Setup a pitch with two goals and an area in the middle with all players having a ball each and given a number each. The players are manipulating the ball around the area and once their number is called by the coach, they have to leave their area and score in one of the goals. Once they have had their shot, they get their ball and return into the box ready for their number to be called again. To ensure the players have plenty of repetition make the area small and call multiple numbers at once. To add competition, set up the game to be based around the first player to score with their inside, outside and laces on both feet to win!

Coaching Points:

Eyes Up/Scanning: As players are dribbling around the area, they should be keeping their eyes up and scanning whilst manipulating their ball. When scanning, players should be looking at the best space to move into. Once their number has been called, they should react and look to move the ball quickly outside of the box to be able to score.

Use of Both Feet: Encourage players to manipulate the ball with both feet but most importantly due to the session focus encourage players to use both feet to shoot. To support this, you may put some constraints in place i.e. alternate which foot you shoot with per turn.

Striking Surfaces: Challenge players to try striking with different surfaces i.e. laces, outside or inside when they leave the box. To support this, you may need to position yourself by the goal to help players with their approach to the ball (at an angle) where they place their standing foot (beside the ball and aiming towards the goal) as well as what surface and follow through they go with.

First Touch: Players should look to take their touch out of their feet in this practice to help them to move into space quickly and help them with their approach as they look to get their shot away. If there isn’t much space, players may need to take a smaller touch to get outside of the box to evade other players.

Progressions:

  • Add a defender in front of each of the goals that can win the ball and prevent the attacker from being able to score.

FREE PLAY GAME - (20 MINS)

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